Ukraine will expand cooperation with USA in numerous spheres

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Ukraine is grateful to the U.S. for supporting reforms implemented in the energy sphere. It was stated by President Petro Poroshenko during the joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“I was pleased to hear the support for reforms in the energy sector after today’s meeting. I would like to emphasize that our bilateral relations are focused on the economic sphere, procurement of American coal, construction of nuclear waste plant, supply of nuclear fuel for Ukrainian “Energoatom” and ensuring of investors in the oil and gas sphere,” the Head of State said.

Petro Poroshenko expressed special gratitude for a “very important” cooperation in the energy sphere on the prevention of construction of the Nord Stream 2. “I am grateful to our American partners for an absolutely clear, efficient and consistent position on the prevention of this profoundly politicized project,” the President noted.

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The Head of State informed that the parties had agreed to expand contacts between the Ukrainian Government and the U.S. Administration.

According to the President, today’s visit of the U.S. Secretary of State would promote the expansion of cooperation in defense, security and cybersecurity spheres. The parties have also reached important agreements in economic, energy and cultural spheres.

“We expect the visits of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Secretary of Energy and other senior U.S. officials in August-September. I can say that our cooperation with the U.S. is being actively developed and demonstrates that we enjoy not only bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, but also a very powerful support in the White House, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Government. I am really grateful for such a powerful support,” Petro Poroshenko said.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson noted “huge progress of the Ukrainian government in reforms over the past few years, as well as economic achievements”. “I know there is much work still to be done to ensure Ukraine’s security and economic achievements,” Rex Tillerson said.

He noted Ukraine’s commitment to the further implementation of reforms and fulfillment of the obligations to the IMF. “We discussed the steps necessary for Ukraine to become attractive for the foreign direct investments. I know you are committed to improve the situation,” the U.S. Secretary of State stressed.

The parties have also discussed anti-corruption reforms, as they are another important element for the attraction of foreign direct investments. Rex Tillerson particularly noted the selection of judges for the Supreme Court and creation of the Anti-Corruption Court. “All these issues are the first steps for the creation of respective judiciary. You said you are concerned about this issue and committed to create this court and appoint judges of the highest integrity,” he emphasized.

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“There are many challenges for these reforms, but they are really important for Ukraine and create conditions for Ukraine to remain a strong and important partner for Europe and the whole world. I am encouraged by the situation I see in Ukraine and the progress already achieved. I know that with these reforms once they are in place Ukraine will be a very attractive place for business and investments,” the U.S. Secretary of State concluded.