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Meeting on the way to Warsaw. What did Kerry and Poroshenko talk about?

Author : News Agency 112.ua

The US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Ukraine on July 7. Sides discussed preparations for the NATO summit, various aspects of cooperation, Ukraine's prospects in the Alliance and Minsk agreements. What else did the overseas guest tell to the leadership of Ukraine?
20:47, 10 July 2018

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About Ukraine and NATO

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko reminded of the expansion of the Alliance announced at the 2008 Budapest summit and expressed the hope that NATO doors for our country are still open. Kerry commented this diplomatically and cautiously:

"I want to say that the US adheres to its policy of "open" doors, and we are ready to welcome new members when they are ready. As Poroshenko said, Ukraine still has a long way to go in the defense sector; this is part of the dialogue in the context of the Ukraine-NATO Commission. He (Poroshenko), and the country have not yet decided whether they want to apply for membership in NATO. The recent reform in the defense of Ukraine also includes measures for civil control, public control. It is an important part of the democratic process. Ukraine will increase cooperation in NATO within the framework of the special partnership that is currently taking place, so we will continue to work and see what the future will be, depending on the decisions made here. "We will consider the dynamics, but now it would be premature to talk about anything else".

About Minsk Agreements

The United States once again noted: before Russia fulfills its obligations to de-escalate the conflict in Donbas, sanctions cannot be lifted from our northern neighbor. Poroshenko expressed the hope that in Warsaw they will find tools to influence the aggressor.

"Ukraine expects that following the results of the meetings in the format of the NATO summit, the Ukraine-NATO commission, and in the Big Five plus Ukraine format, we will coordinate measures to ensure Russia's enforcement of the full implementation of the Minsk agreements and the beginning of de-occupation of Crimea, because we continue to insist on the establishment of an international mechanism of the peninsula de-occupation," said Poroshenko.

"If Russia does not fulfill all its obligations for de-escalation, then sanctions remain in force, just as it is in Crimea," John Kerry stressed.

About assistance to Ukraine

"US assistance in reforming the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in the supply of equipment, joint exercises and training is a very important stage in building effective cooperation and coordination in the defense sphere," Poroshenko noted.

Kerry promised to provide humanitarian aid

"I told President Poroshenko today that the US will provide an additional $ 23 million of humanitarian aid to help thousands of people who suffered from the current conflict in Eastern Ukraine," Kerry said.

About achievements

The US Secretary of State praised Ukraine for reforms, noted economic growth and progress.

"Anywhere in the world, at any time – it is a huge agenda and huge achievements, but taking into account the situation and certain challenges from the point of view of security in your country, this is impressive even more, proving the achievements of the Ukrainian people. Ukraine is unquestionably moving forward, due to the difficult decisions made by President Poroshenko, Ukraine is growing, its economy is growing, unlike other economies in the region, and, it seems, last year, there are forecasts for doubling its volume, "Kerry said.

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