Sanctions against Russia, visit of Tillerson, Holodomor: Poroshenko on his visit to US

Author : Petro Poroshenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

At a short briefing for the media, the head of state spoke about his impressions of negotiations with his American counterpart Donald Trump and other meetings in Congress and the White House
11:41, 23 June 2017

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I have just finished the meeting with Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan, leader of democrats in the Congress Ms. Pelosi and the congressmen. We have received another confirmation of bilateral support for Ukraine in the U.S. Senate and Congress. First of all, the result of the meeting is that I have raised the issue of recognition of the Holodomor as an act of genocide of the Ukrainian people by the U.S. Congress. We have started our visit to the U.S. near the monument to the Holodomor victims and received full support of the congressmen who agreed to speed up consideration of the given resolution.

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Speaking about the results of the visit, we can say that during these 36 hours, we have held meetings with key players, the main members of the Presidential Administration, the new Administration of President Trump. I had a very long, very informative conversation with Mr. President, during which two extremely important things were stressed.

The first thing is the US support of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our state, supporting Ukraine in countering Russian aggression. We have specific plans that envisage: firstly, the preservation, and sometimes even the strengthening of the sanctions regime against Russian Federation, until full implementation of the Minsk Agreements is reached. I think that this is extremely important, and it is no coincidence that the United States have introduced new sanctions during the visit of the Ukrainian delegation.

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In addition, during talks with US Secretary of Defense General Matisse, during negotiations with the Vice President, an agreement was reached that in the near future, several key members of the new presidential Administration, several ministers will come to visit Ukraine. They are going to sign very important agreements, Including agreements on defense cooperation, defense procurement, and on military-technical cooperation.

Separately, we had to discuss the issue of energy cooperation and energy security. This issue was raised not only during the meeting with Perry, the energy minister. We have also spoken on the issue of the energy security of our state, the purchase of American coal, which should replace coal, the supply of which was stopped from the occupied territories in connection with confiscation The Russian Federation of Ukrainian coal mines.

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We agreed to intensify cooperation in this direction, as well as in nuclear power engineering, construction of a nuclear waste storage plant, in order to get rid of dependence on the Russian Federation. We have also negotiated on improving the investment climate and increasing the presence of US investors in the Ukrainian market.

You know that we have met with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and discussed the issues of IMF support for the reform program. We also had a meeting at the World Bank with its president, Mr. Kim, and adopted the World Bank's strategy for Ukraine, as well as financing expert support for our reforms, including those that are now in the direct competence of the government.

I can say that the main conclusion, the main result of our trip is that today Ukraine unites the USA. And earlier we talked only about bilateral support in the Congress and the Senate, today we can firmly emphasize this with regard to the executive power of the United States and the new presidential Administration.

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank President Trump for the very strong support of our state, to thank Vice-President Pence, to thank Secretary Tillerson, whom we expect to see in Ukraine. A number of steps are planned to strengthen our cooperation. I would also like to thank the Minister of Energy, Minister of Trade and everyone who participated in the organization of the visit.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my team and the embassy. Our ambassador is busy with negotiations, but, trust me, our Ukrainian ambush has worked very well. Thank you.

Journalist: When will all these meetings give a concrete result? For these are good intentions, good arrangements, but did you hear specific promises?

Poroshenko: thank you for this question, because without these meetings, no concrete agreements would exist. I said that in the near future we are waiting for visits of high-ranking US officials within two or three months, where agreements to be concluded. First of all, what interests me the most, is the defense cooperation, the supply of American armament, cooperation in the military-technical sphere, cooperation in the economic sphere, in the energy sector, and, in particular, we worked out questions on expansion of cooperation with the American export-import bank and the US agency OIC regarding support of American investors in Ukraine. Today, interest in the Ukrainian economy is growing, especially in the context of transparent privatization, which is now being prepared by the government and the State Property Fund. We expect US investors to participate in this process.

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Have you discussed a possible change of the "Minsk" and "Norman" formats with the American officials? Is it possible to expand the number of negotiating countries?

We do not see the need to change the "Norman format" and have some parallel track to the Minsk process. We have really discussed more active involvement of our American partners in Norman format. We are fully opened and welcome these steps, and we would absolutely welcome some more active participation, including representation in Minsk process. We believe that this can bring new breath, some reboot, and quick results.

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