President Poroshenko briefs U.S. Vice President Michael Pence on situation in Donbas

President Poroshenko briefs U.S. Vice President Michael Pence on situation in Donbas

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with Vice President of the United States Michael Pence.

This was reported by the press service of the head of state.

"The Head of State informed the U.S. Vice President about the current situation in Donbas and the ongoing provocations on the part of Russia-controlled militants who do not stop violating the announced ceasefire regime," the statement reads.

In this regard, Poroshenko underlined the importance of further pressure on Russia for ensuring proper implementation of the security aspects of the Minsk agreements. He  expressed gratitude for the recent decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to extend respective sanctions against Russia for a year.

Vice President Pence noted the importance of preserving sanctions against Russia until full implementation of the Minsk agreements and return of Crimea to Ukraine.

As part of the discussion on further steps for a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas, the prospects for deploying an effective United Nations peacekeeping mission were also considered.

Poroshenko expressed gratitude to the United States for consistently support for Ukraine in the implementation of large-scale internal reforms, as well as for the U.S. military assistance, which contributes to strengthening the country's defense capability.

The Head of State emphasized that the provision of the U.S. defensive weapons to Ukraine was an important positive signal for other partners of our country and a clear warning for the Russian aggressor.

Vice President Michael Pence stressed that the USA would keep supporting Ukraine in its fight for territorial integrity and sovereignty. He also noted Ukraine’s progress in the implementation of reforms, in particular, the creation of the Anti-Corruption Court.

Petro Poroshenko and Michael Pence noted the active development of bilateral trade and economic cooperation, in particular the launch of a large-scale project with General Electric for the purchase of American locomotives, as well as the supply of American coal to Ukraine.

The parties also discussed the schedule of further bilateral contacts at the highest level in 2018, which marks the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Ukrainian-American strategic partnership.


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