Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Chief of Staff of the Ministry Vadym Prystaiko visited the United States of America between January 27th and February 1st, 2015.
During his visit, Mr. Prystaiko, along with Slovak Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Miroslav Lajčák, Foreign Ministers Edgars Rinkēvičs (Latvia), Tamar Beruchashvili (Georgia), Margot Wallström (Sweden), Polish Marshal of the Sejm Radosław Sikorski, Head of Azerbaijani Parliamentary Committee for International and Inter-parliamentary Affairs Samad Seyido, former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana de Palacio y del Valle-Lersundi and former European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Štefan Füle had a meeting with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden.
Deputy Minister Prystaiko also had meetings with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, National Security Advisor to the U.S. Vice President Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia Evelyn Farkas, Senior Director at U.S. National Security Council Rory MacFarquhar, and Director at U.S. National Security Council Marcus Micheli.
In addition, he had meetings with Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Representative Ed Royce, Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Robert Menendez.
Deputy Minister also discussed the situation in Ukraine with Counselor and Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Zbigniew Brzezinski and Millennium Challenge Corporation Vice President Beth Tritter.
V.Prystaiko took part in the “Toward a Transatlantic Strategy for Europe’s East” conference hosted by the Atlantic Council, and had meetings with Atlantic Council and Brookings Institute experts.
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine gave several interviews to leading American media, including Bloomberg, Reuters, USA Today and the Voice of America, and gave a press conference to correspondents of Inter, 1+1, Ukrinform and The Ukrainian Weekly.
The meetings with U.S. Vice President and representatives of the White House, Department of State, Pentagon, experts and international partners demonstrated the support of Ukraine’s struggle with the Russian aggression, as well as the readiness to provide our country with practical support to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity, stabilize the economy and implement the needed reforms.
In the photo: Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister speaks at the press conference with Ukrainian media accredited in the U.S.