13:46 Jun. 29, 2016
Kyiv will continue to receive aid from Washington if it sticks to reform path
The cooperation between Ukraine and the US, as well as Kyiv's reform efforts, were high on the agenda as Ukraine's former premier and the leader of People's Front political party Arseniy Yatsenyuk met with the US Vice President Joe Biden in Washington.
‘American leaders have done a lot for Ukraine. The United States was among the first who stood up to defend the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine. The U.S. has invested billions of dollars into the Ukrainian economy, and supports the Ukrainian people,' Yatsenyuk said after the meeting.
The ex-prime minister stressed due to the US assistance Ukraine was able to implement crucial reforms, with the police reform among them.
‘We need both financial and technical support,' Yatsenyuk said while informing Biden about Ukraine's further reform plan.
Among other implemented changes People's Front leader highlighted Ukraine's energy independence.
‘We have finally showed that we can be not dependent on Russian gas. Thanks to our joint efforts with the US we were able to reach that,' he said.
The politicians discussed Russia's planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline that Moscow intends to build to bypass Ukraine.
Yatsenyuk also thanked the US for supporting the reform of his country's defence sector:
‘Ukraine's Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces received and are still receiving support from the US Administration through trainings, and the provision of the necessary military equipment for the protection of Ukraine'.
‘The reformation of defence sector is one of the key priorities not only for Ukraine, but also for the whole world. Because we are protecting not only our country, but the European borders. That Europe that needs unity right now,' Yatsenyuk reiterated.
Vice President Biden said U.S. is ready to provide both financial and technical support to reform Ukraine's judicial branch.