Energy security and the bilateral cooperation in the energy policy became the key topics of the talks between U.S. Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources Francis Fannon and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
According to the presidential press service, the parties discussed the enhancement of strategic partnership, particularly in the sphere of energy cooperation.
'We have a very large list of topics for discussion. I can emphasize that today, the power unit of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant has started working on the fuel of the American company Westinghouse,' Poroshenko said. The Head of State reminded that respective arrangements had been reached during his meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump, reads the message on the website of the press office.
'The interlocutors coordinated approaches and practical measures of the Ukrainian and American sides in countering the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. "Our coordination is very important in preventing the construction of the Nord Stream 2, as a project that not only threatens the energy sphere of Ukraine and Europe, but also directly concerns geopolitical security. And I commend an absolutely clear and consistent position of U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Administration, U.S. Government. It is extremely important for us,' Poroshenko said as quoted by the press service.
In turn, Fannon emphasized the importance of relations between Kyiv and Washington in this specific area. 'I am here to underscore the unwavering support of the United States for Ukraine and our unqualified opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, as well as the need to maintain the robust gas transit in Ukraine. We all speak with one voice for the United States in support of Ukraine. I also want to applaud you for your leadership and the country for the reforms you are carrying out. These reforms catalyze even greater investment. I think these reforms are an important signal to the rest of the world to invest in Ukraine. Businessmen look for clear, transparent and predictable practices and you are establishing such an environment,' the U.S. official noted.