President Volodymyr Zelensky's Office has published Ukraine and the United States' joint statement on strategic partnership. The document was the result of a meeting between the leaders of the two countries, Volodymyr Zelensky and Joe Biden, which took place in Washington on September 1.
"Thirty years after the restoration of Ukraine’s independence, the bonds between the United States and Ukraine are stronger than ever. Our shared values and commitment to a Europe that is whole, free, democratic, and at peace provide the basis for our strategic partnership. We are working together to address shared global challenges, including energy security and diversification, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic," the statement reads.
In total, the document consists of five blocks:
1) Security and Defense
2) Democracy, Justice and Human Rights
3) Energy security and Climate
4) Economic Growth and Prosperity
5) Pandemic Response and Humanitarian Assistance
The key theses for each block are:
- support for democracy and justice: judicial reform, the fight against corruption and the promotion of human rights
- support for Ukraine's security and defense, including countering Russian aggression, support for Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and defense sector reforms
- counteracting the impact of Nord Stream-2, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and attracting investment in the energy sector
- expansion of commercial cooperation in the economy;
- countering the pandemic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine
A meeting between US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky took place in Washington. The meeting began at 21:00 (Kyiv time) in the Oval Office of the White House. The talks between the leaders of the two countries lasted a little over two hours.
Zelensky handed over to US leader Joe Biden a list of 450 prisoners who are in the uncontrolled territories of Donbas, Crimea, as well as in Russia