Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William Taylor’s Remarks at a Ukrainian Leadership Academy Youth Forum Event in Mariupol

October 29, 2019

This is the third time we are seeing each other. So everybody in this room remembers that President Zelenskyy made some early statements about pictures on walls.

He said, in an early speech, that there are many offices in the government, where on the wall is a picture of the president.

And he said, he didn’t want that when he became president.

And what pictures did he want on the walls?

The children.  Their children.  Exactly. Those are the faces that you look at, that the ministers look at, that the president looks at, when he and they make decisions.

So it is a great honor for me to look at your faces and be inspired by you, and I know that the Minister may have another word or two to finish up.

Dyakuyu vam. [Thank you.]