“If the ceasefire violations continues, and it is clear that Russia and the Russian-backed militants are responsible for the violation of the ceasefire, the time will come for the western countries to deliver weapons to Ukraine in order the country could defend itself,” said Rasmussen, RBC. "Russia and the separatists do not cease fire, time will come and the Western nations will arm Ukraine," he noted.
Former Secretary General expressed his hope that the conflict in the east of Ukraine will be resolved in a peaceful manner. "Minsk agreements are imperfect, but I think this is the most suitable way of finding compromise," he added.
Anders Rasmussen stated that Europe is ready to give weapons to Ukraine in case Russia continue armed attacks in Donbas.
He also spoke about how Ukraine can become a force for global stability and European values in today’s volatile global context, during the opening panel discussion "Time to Deliver! What Ukraine Expects from Europe – and Vice Versa" at the 12th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting in Kyiv.
"Work on the reforms should continue,” Rasmussen added. “In particular, it is necessary to resolutely fight corruption, implement the reforms of the judiciary, energy sector, government building and deregulation. I see the Ukrainian leadership has been focusing on these directions," he said.
The 12th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting takes place September 10-12. It is to promote the development of a just, free and prosperous Ukraine, to open the country to the rest of the world and to support Ukraine’s membership in the European Union.