“Wheels down in Kyiv as we look to strengthen the US-Ukraine Partnership. This will be an important opportunity to discuss continued Russian aggression and to underscore the need for maintaining both the pace of and focus on reforms with our Ukrainian partners,” Blinken reported.
Wheels down in Kyiv as we look to strengthen the #USUkrainePartnership. This will be an important opportunity to discuss continued Russian aggression and to underscore the need for maintaining both the pace of and focus on reforms with our Ukrainian partners.— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) May 5, 2021
The Secretary will also encourage progress on Ukraine’s reform agenda, which is key to securing Ukraine’s democratic institutions, economic prosperity, and Euro-Atlantic future as the U.S. State Department reported.
The U.S. State Department report includes four paragraphs:
- U.S.-Ukraine Relations. It is noted that the U.S. supports Ukraine’s efforts to achieve its Euro-Atlantic aspirations and build a prosperous, secure, and democratic future for all Ukrainians.
- Russian aggression in Ukraine. Particularly, the U.S. is deeply concerned about Russia’s ongoing aggressive actions and rhetoric targeting Ukraine, including the increased Russian troop presence in occupied Crimea and around Ukraine’s borders.
- Reforms in Ukraine. Building institutions with integrity and ensuring accountable governance in both state institutions and in the corporate sector is the key to Ukraine achieving its Euro-Atlantic aspirations and building a prosperous, secure, and democratic future.
- Assistance. Since 2014, the United States has provided Ukraine more than $4.6 billion in total assistance, including security and non-security assistance.
On May 5, U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken came with the official visit to Ukraine. However, the official part of the visit will start on May 6. The meeting of Blinken with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Prime Minister Denys Shmygal is planned. Besides, Blinken will meet President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.