Boris Johnson says Ukraine sees more reforms since Maidan than over past two decades
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman in the framework of the Ukraine Reform Conference held in London July 6 said that Ukraine has implemented more reforms after the Revolution of Dignity in 2014 than in the previous two decades of independence.
Boris Johnson noted that Ukraine had seen “more reforms in three years since the Revolution [of Dignity of 2014] than in the previous two decades since independence.”
“Significant progress has been achieved in banking reform but none of us would think… that the task is done. There are worrying signs that reform is faltering,” he said.
Mr Johnson noted the lack of progress in creating special anti-corruption courts and said that “I think that everybody agrees that we need to do more to fulfill the ideals of those who braved the snipers’ bullets during the Revolution of the Maidan. Corruption has got to be rooted out, I think we all agree,” he said.
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“Those who benefited from the old system will of course fight tooth and nail to defend their privileges. But Ukraine benefits from a remarkable array of leaders – in government, in parliament, in civil society – many of whom I’ve now had the privilege to meet. And I believe these people are devoted to their country and determined to build a peaceful and prosperous Ukraine. And I have every confidence that they will prevail and overcome those who would obstruct Ukraine’s progress for the sake of personal gain,” Boris Joohnson said.