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Ukraine is grateful to the United States for consistent support of sovereignty and territorial integrity, military assistance and sanctions against Russia
KYIV – The United States will continue to support Ukraine as it works to fulfill the dreams of those who stood on the Maidan and defend Ukraine.
This is stated on August 27 in a statement by the US Embassy in Ukraine to the visit of US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan to Ukraine.. Stephen Bigan (Stephen Biegun) expressed support for the brave Ukrainians who lost their lives and were injured defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
During his meeting with Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov, the parties discussed how “the security policy and humanitarian situation on both sides of the contact line affects Ukrainians and their future.”.
United States Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan discussed the state of negotiations on the end of the war in Donbass and progress towards peace in the Minsk and Normandy formats with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, who was in Krivoy Rog on a working trip on August 26.
As reported by the press service of the Ukrainian leader on August 27, “at the meeting, the President raised the issue of bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and the United States of America, in particular regarding the financial and military support of our state. Stephen Bigan noted that the United States is Ukraine’s strategic partner and stressed that Ukraine has bipartisan support in the United States. “.
The US Undersecretary of State called it a great achievement to maintain a comprehensive and complete ceasefire in Donbas for 31 days.
“The parties also discussed the strategy of states’ actions in the context of a pandemic. Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that the countries need to cooperate in order to return to normal life as soon as possible and restore the work of all sectors of the economy. Speaking about international politics, Stephen Bigan highly appreciated Ukraine’s position on non-interference in the American elections, ”the website of the President of Ukraine reported on August 27.
The American guest together with the President of Ukraine visited PJSC “Arcelor Mittal Kryvyi Rih”, which is one of the largest producers of rolled steel in the country.
During a meeting in Kiev, Stephen Bigan and Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal touched upon the topic of “mutual struggle” against the spread of COVID-19 and the strengthening of trade and economic interstate relations.
“The coronavirus pandemic has become a challenge for the whole world. Ukraine managed to overcome panic in March and moderately pass the first wave of the disease. Now we must prevent new outbreaks and prevent a reboot of the healthcare system, ”the head of the Ukrainian government said.
He thanked the United States for its support in countering the spread of COVID-19 and noted the importance of joint and coordinated actions of Ukraine and the United States in the face of the threat of the second wave.
Denis Shmygal expressed gratitude to the United States for its consistent support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the provision of important military assistance, as well as the imposition of sanctions against the Russian Federation.
Stephen Bigan noted that the United States supports the government in the reform process “that strengthens democratic institutions and improves the business climate.”.
“The Deputy Secretary of State added that the United States is committed to strengthening Ukraine’s progress in its integration into the EU and NATO,” the Unified Web Portal of Ukraine’s Executive Authorities reports..
The topic of Europe’s energy security in the context of the Russian Nord Stream 2 project was the focus of “special attention” during the meeting between Stephen Bigan and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
“The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine proposed to hold a regular meeting of the Ukraine-US Strategic Partnership Commission in order to bring new ambitious goals to the agenda of bilateral relations, and received assurances of principled readiness to hold such a meeting”.
The situation in the territories of eastern Ukraine and Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia was considered separately..
“Dmitry Kuleba told his interlocutor about the process of creating the Crimean platform to consolidate international efforts to de-occupy the Ukrainian peninsula and urged the United States to support the initiative and consider joining it,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement..
“A separate topic of discussion was the situation in Belarus and its possible impact on the security situation in the region. The parties noted the inalienable right of the Belarusian people to independently and freely decide their fate in democratic elections. The interlocutors agreed that the Belarusian authorities should prevent further violence and demonstrate a desire for a peaceful settlement of the situation and negotiations with the opposition, ”the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said..
Belarus and Donbass on the agenda
During such visits, the parties raise geopolitical issues that are topical for the region, the political expert said. Alexander Solontay.
“Belarus, Donbass and coronavirus. These issues were on the agenda of the parties’ discussion, and the US Undersecretary of State, I think, with interest visited the homeland of the President of Ukraine – Krivoy Rog, ”Oleksandr Solontai told the Voice of America correspondent.
He recalls that relations between the two countries are developing in a positive direction – the United States is interested in the prosperity of an independent Ukraine..
Head of the Internet community “Ukraine – in the EU!”, Political scientist Dmitry Voronkov
believes that all participants in the negotiations on Donbass are interested in holding the Normandy meeting.
“I think this interest is manifested in the schedule of the visit of the Deputy Secretary of State – Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine. Some of the conversations concern the situation in Belarus, but some – the situation in Donbass. In addition to the regime of silence, Ukraine’s allies would like to see progress in Donbass, “says Dmitry Voronkov to the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..
At the same time, according to the political scientist, today none of the representatives of American diplomacy will assess the progress or dynamics of the negotiations on Donbass, since the presidential election campaign is underway in the United States..