On January 20, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a 4 hours meeting with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in Davos.
The parties discussed the situation in the eastern Ukraine, preparations for the elections in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, uncontrolled by Ukraine, security issues, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the press service of the Presidential administration.
“We reached a conclusion that there is no alternative to the Minsk process. We enjoy full support from the United States regarding the implementation of the Minsk process. We agreed to coordinate actions in order to ensure the ceasefire and provide access to the border and heavy weapons storage facilities for the OSCE SMM. We also agreed to coordinate actions for the liberation of Ukrainian hostages,” – Petro Poroshenko stated.
Also, the parties coordinated actions to intensify political process for conducting elections in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions under the Ukrainian legislation with broad participation of the international observers.
Ukrainian President and U.S. Vice President also discussed reforms of Ukrainian army and intensification of military-technical cooperation between the countries. President Poroshenko thanked the U.S. Vice President for the recent assistance in the amount of USD 23 million.
“We agreed to continue this cooperation,” Petro Poroshenko informed.
They also discussed energy cooperation.
“It was clearly emphasized that the Nord Stream 2 is a purely political project aimed against Ukraine and the majority of EU states. We must act efficiently to stop it,” President Poroshenko stressed.
In the context of the discussion of cooperation with IMF, the President thanked the United States for the firm financial and reformist support to Ukraine.
“The agenda was really extensive. It was a true friendly conversation of states-partners. I am grateful to the U.S. for that,” the President emphasized.