United States to allocate $463 mln to support democracy, human rights, decentralization programs in Ukraine

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The transformation plan that Zelensky presented during his visit to Washington will be considered at the next meeting of the US-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission
14:26, 2 September 2021

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After the meeting of the presidents of the two countries - Volodymyr Zelensky and Joe Biden, the press service of the Ukrainian president released a joint US-Ukraine statement on strategic partnership. In it US promises to support Ukrainian democratic programs by allocating “over $463 million in assistance this year, including for programs focused on democracy, human rights, local governance and decentralization, privatization, and judicial reform.”

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“Governance reform is critical to ensuring democracy delivers for the people. Ukraine has committed to prioritizing reforms that strengthen its democratic institutions, bolster human rights, and deliver justice. To that end, Ukraine is developing an ambitious and comprehensive Plan of Transformation, which will be considered at the next SPC meeting,” the message says.

In support of Ukraine’s reform efforts, the US government has provided Ukraine with nearly $2 billion in development assistance since 2014.

As it was reported earlier, during a working visit to the United States the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky presented a plan for the transformation of Ukraine.

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A meeting between US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky took place in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, on September 1 at 21:00 (Kyiv time). The conversation between the leaders of the two countries lasted a little over two hours.

During a visit to Washington, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky handed over to U.S. leader Joe Biden a list of 450 prisoners who are in the uncontrolled territories of Donbas, Crimea, as well as in Russia.

Export-Import Bank (EXIM) of the United States will also provide $3 billion for Ukraine and the United States’ projects.

The presidents of Ukraine and United States, Volodymyr Zelensky and Joe Biden, agreed to restart the commission on strategic partnership between the two countries.

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