Poroshenko, Biden discuss Savchenko, ATO situation and IMF

Poroshenko, Biden discuss Savchenko, ATO situation and IMF

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a telephone conversation with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, the president’s press service reports. 

Vice President Biden welcomed the formation of a new parliamentary coalition and government of Ukraine headed by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

President Poroshenko noted that the new government would continue reforms, cooperate with the IMF and fulfill the Minsk agreements. In this context, Vice President Biden assured that the United States would further support Ukraine. In particular, the parties agreed that in the near future an agreement will be signed on the allocation of the third tranche of credit guarantees worth $1 billion.

The parties noted the importance of fight against corruption in Ukraine and the speedy appointment of a new prosecutor general.

President Poroshenko also informed the U.S. Vice President about the deterioration of the situation in Donbas and noted the trend towards an increase in the number of attacks on Ukrainian positions by Russia-backed militants.

U.S. Vice President Biden condemned the escalation by pro-Russian militants and expressed support for the approaches the Ukrainian side used to settle the conflict. Biden also assured of Washington’s constant support for the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

In addition, President Poroshenko and Vice President Biden once again called on the Russian leadership to immediately release Nadiya Savchenko, whose state of health is deteriorating as a result of a dry hunger strike.


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