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Anthracite supplies from US strengthen Ukraine-Trump ties - Reuters

Source : 112 Ukraine

It was after the conclusion of the coal agreement that the Trump administration stated that it was considering supplying defensive weapons to Ukraine to confront Russian militants
10:58, 20 February 2018

White House

For the first time in Ukraine’s history, U.S. anthracite is helping to keep the lights on and the heating going this winter following a deal that has also helped to warm Kiev’s relations with President Donald Trump. This was reported by Reuters.

“The Ukrainian state-owned company that imported the coal told that the deal made commercial sense. But it was also politically expedient, according to a person involved in the talks on the agreement and power industry insiders,” the message says.

On Trump’s side it provided much-needed orders for a coal-producing region of the United States which was a vital constituency in his 2016 presidential election victory.

“On the Ukrainian side the deal helped to win favor with the White House, whose support Kyiv needs in its conflict with Russia, as well as opening up a new source of coal at a time when its traditional supplies are disrupted,” it is noted.

Related: Poland confirms importing anthracite from occupied Donbas

As it was reported earlier the OCEANUS ship delivered to Ukraine 60.4 thousand tons of coal for the DTEK holding, and WOOLLOOMOOLLOO -73.4 thousand tons for PJSC Centrenergo.

In addition, it is reported that in 2017, the volume of transshipment of imported thermal coal in the port amounted to more than 11% of the total freight turnover of the enterprise.

The first vessel from the United States was moored to the transshipment complex of the port on September 13. After that, several more bulk carriers delivered coal to Ukraine.

Related: Anthracite illegally exported to Poland from occupied Luhansk region

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