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Published On: Sun, Feb 18th, 2018

Poroshenko thanks U.S. for support of Ukraine

nsnbc : Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. The two discussed the situation in Ukraine’s troubled Donbas region, the issue of a UN peace keeping mission, the sanctions policy against Russia, weapons deliveries, and further ways to bolster Ukraine’s defense capabilities.

James Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, President Petro Poroshenko, Munich Security Conference, Germany, Feb 2018, on UkrainePresident Poroshenko expressed gratitude for the United States’ firm position in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, stated the Ukraine’s presidency. The two sides reportedly discussed the situation in Donbas and expressed their concern over the ongoing attempts of Russia and its supporters to undermine the peace process.

The two also discussed the perceived need to deploy a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Donbas in accordance with the UN principles and the goals of the Minsk process. The interlocutors also emphasized the importance of sanctions policy against Russia until the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine are restored.

The Ukrainian Head of State expressed appreciation for Washington’s important decisions on strengthening the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Ukraine’s defense capability.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, for his part,  reaffirmed commitment of the United States to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and noted a significant progress made by Ukraine in reforming the security and defense field. The parties discussed further steps to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capability and noted the priority of the development of strategic partnership between Kyiv and Washington. U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker also attended the meeting.

F/AK – nsnbc 18.02.2018

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