President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on September 18 had a meeting with President of the United States Barack Obama in Washington.
In the joint statement following the meeting, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the support received by Ukraine in the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. President very symbolic.
The Head of State informed that in the course of the given meeting, the parties had discussed a wide range of issues on bilateral cooperation in various spheres. Particularly, the issue of maintaining security, economy, financial cooperation etc.
The interlocutors paid special attention to energy cooperation. The Ukrainian President informed that the following week, a solid team of American experts would arrive to Kyiv to continue negotiations on the work in the given sphere. The President emphasized that ensuring energy security was extremely important for our state at the moment.
According to Petro Poroshenko, Barack Obama is well aware of the situation in Ukraine. In this context, he noted the importance of support from the USA in the implementation of international coordination. He informed that today an important meeting of the UN Security Council was held. “Peace is the top priority for me, as President, for all Ukrainians and Americans,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.
“The only way towards de-escalation of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions is the Peace plan that includes ceasefire, liberation of all hostages, withdrawal of Russian troops, establishment of control over the border, prevention of the supply of Russian arms,” the Head of State said.
“We expect continuation of Minsk dialogue in the nearest future. 12 days of the ceasefire regime must transform into a stable peace,” the President said.
Petro Poroshenko expressed gratitude to Barack Obama for “a fruitful, open and sincere dialogue and for the decisions that will be made today”.
The Ukrainian President informed that in addition to the assistance already received in the amount of “USD 240 million and USD 1 billion of financial guarantees”, Ukraine would receive more practical assistance.
The Head of State also noted significant progress in the security sphere and informed that the United States would enhance financial support to Ukraine aimed at security goals. He emphasized that USA and the EU support the Peace plan.
The Head of State informed that the U.S. would send its observers to the parliamentary elections in Ukraine scheduled for October 26.
Petro Poroshenko noted that Ukraine would initiate special program of political insurance of American investments in the Ukrainian economy.
In his turn, Barack Obama informed that the United States would enhance assistance to Ukraine in the economic and security sphere. “We will continue mobilizing international efforts to support Ukraine,” the American President noted.
He said that it had been a great pleasure for him to welcome the President of Ukraine in the Oval Office.
“Leadership of Petro Poroshenko is crucially important for the Ukrainian society,” Barack Obama noted. “People in Ukraine expressed their desire to live in a free and independent country and President Poroshenko fulfills the desire of his people,” he added.
Barack Obama stressed that the U.S. would lead the international community and join the EU in combating aggression. “Unfortunately, there is Russian aggression against Ukraine – first in the Crimea and now in the East. But America will consistently support the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and provide assistance in the solution of security issues,” the President of the United States emphasized.
Addressing Petro Poroshenko, Barack Obama noted: “You have a faithful friend not only in the person of me, but also in the person of the American people. America is with the people of Ukraine now”.
Press Office of the President of Ukraine