Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Congressional Delegation and Ukrainian politicians, NGOs and business leaders spoke on national, economic, and energy security
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Members of a Congressional Delegation held a press availability at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, August 5. The Congressional Delegation met with President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Secretary of the National Security Defense Council Oleksandr Valentynovych, Members of the Verkhovna Rada, Mayor Vitaly Klitschko, civil society NGOs and business leaders and focused on national, energy, and economic security.
Nancy Pelosi during her speech on Maidan Nezalezhnosti stated: “We’re very proud that the U.S. has been supportive of the IMF releasing the $1.7 billion dollars last week as part of the $17.5 billion-dollar commitment initiative for Ukraine. We are very proud to have been a part of supporting the two billion dollars in sovereign loan-guarantees from the U.S. to Ukraine, and that’s in addition to nearly half a billion dollars in other assistance that our country has provided”.
The parties exchanged views on the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements and the efforts of Ukraine aimed at peaceful settlement of the conflict, inter alia, in political scale, as stated by the press office of Ukrainian President. They also discussed closer interaction between Ukraine and USA in cyber security, military-technical sphere and the implementation of reforms in energy sector of Ukraine. Particular attention was paid to the attraction and protection of American investments in Ukraine, as well as participation of American companies in privatization in our country.
Delegation members praised peaceful initiatives of the Ukrainian President, as well as efforts aimed at de-escalation, establishment of peace and solution of humanitarian problems.
“We want to see Ukraine push back the separatists. We believe that we want them to be successful in Crimea obviously and want to be supportive as much as we possibly can, - said Congressman Marc Veasey of Texas, a member of the Armed Services Committee. - We want to see Ukraine whole. We want to see Ukraine be successful and prosper as well as working out all of the other issues that may be preventing Ukraine from consolidating as quickly as possible including energy issues as well”.
U.S. partners expressed their support of Ukraine for the International Tribunal, MH17 air crash investigation. “We need the truth. We need more light shed on the cause of that terrible, terrible tragedy. And, of course, we support a global investigation,” said Leader Pelosi. The delegation placed flowers on a memorial for the Heavenly Hundred who were killed standing up for the rights and freedom of Ukraine's people.