The joint meeting of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy with the US Secretary of State John Kerry was held in Kyiv. Volodymyr Groysman thanked the United States for supporting the Ukrainian Government on its path of reforms. He noted that felt it during his visit to the USA. He also expressed appreciation of the US steadfast support in defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Volodymyr Groysman pointed out that the new Government, formed less than three months ago, launched a range of reforms, "which were not held in the country for decades." "Our Government is committed to carrying out reforms," - he stressed.
The Prime Minister noted that the Government had taken a number of important decisions, including the deregulation of gas price. "We are following the path of transforming Ukraine into a modern reformed country," - Volodymyr Groysman underscored.
He also said that the Government was committed to combating corruption.
Volodymyr Groysman thanked the United States of America for the support and assistance at the rate of USD 220 million, which had been announced during his visit to the USA.
The Prime Minister stressed that the Government had already launched the reform of Ukrainian customs aimed at ensuring their transparency and efficiency. He noted that 11 experts of the US customs and border services came to Ukraine to assist in the implementation of this reform.
The Prime Minister informed that the Kyiv Commercial Court of Appeal had lifted the arrest of accounts of the company Energoatom. This step will allow fulfilling the financial obligations to the American and European partners, including loan agreements, and restore the confidence of foreign banks.
He also noted that the Government launched the privatization of state-owned enterprises, including preparations for the privatization auction of JSC Odesa Portside Plant.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the Ukrainian economy has a potential for growth.
John Kerry, in turn, expressed support for Ukrainian reforms. He noted that reforms helped Ukraine to attract investment and ensure economic growth. In particular, it is indicated by the forecast of economic growth by 1.5% in this year and 3% in 2017.
The sides also discussed the "Minsk process" as well as the US support to Ukraine in the defense sector.