The White House believes that the agreement on coal supplies to Ukraine will help Ukrainians to become independent of "volatile neighbors" and ensure reliable diversification in this field.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made such a statement at a press briefing on Monday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
"This partnership will provide Ukraine with a secure, reliable, and competitive alternative energy source, helping to stabilize an energy supply which has historically been at the mercy of the country's volatile neighbors," the official representative of the US presidential administration said.
Ukrainian state-owned PJSC "Centrenergo" signed a contract with the American Xcoal Energy & Resources company on the supply of 700,000 tons of coal to Ukraine by the end of the year. The first ship with 85,000 tons of coal aboard should enter the port Yuzhny (Odesa region) as early as the beginning of September. According to the contract terms, next 120,000 tons will arrive until the end of September. A total of 700,000 tons of coal will be delivered from the USA to Ukraine by the end of 2017.