9 Jun 2022 14:59

Zelensky welcomes opening of OECD regional office in Kyiv

MOSCOW. June 9 (Interfax) - A decision to open a regional office of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is a recognition of Ukraine's importance for global cooperation and development, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

As he addressed an OECD conference online on Thursday, Zelensky noted the future reconstruction of Ukraine on the basis of a new Marshall Plan, Ukrainian media outlets said.

Zelensky disagreed with the description of the current situation as a geopolitical crisis. "Geopolitics is mentioned only when someone does not wish to admit to having abandoned one's values. I am grateful to you for being true to your principles, for being ready to defend these values, because they serve as a foundation for sustainable development and sustainable progress," he said.

The OECD is an international economic organization of developed nations that recognize the principles of representative democracy and free market economy.