The United States is Ukraine’s main partner on security issues — president

The United States is Ukraine’s main partner on security issues — president

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.

The president noted a significant strengthening of the Ukrainian-American strategic partnership over the past four years, including cooperation in the field of security and defense, as well as intensive growth of trade and economic cooperation, the press service of the head of state reported.

Poroshenko emphasized the important role of the U.S. assistance for successful implementation of reforms and strengthening of the defense capability of Ukraine, which continues to move towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

The parties discussed further joint steps to counter Russia's aggressive actions in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, as well as measures in response to the Russian armed attack on Ukrainian ships.

The parties noted the necessity of further strengthening of pressure on Russia, including through sanctions, in response to the Kremlin's aggressive policy, which deliberately undermines international stability and security.

In addition, Poroshenko and Hale discussed the issue of elections in Ukraine. They emphasized the need to prevent external interference in the democratic electoral process and preserve internal stability in the country.

The Under Secretary of State conveyed congratulations from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, noting a significant progress Ukraine has made in recent years in the face of Russian aggression and assuring the president of Ukraine of the continued support by the United States of America.

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