10:21 15.06.2017

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry confirms Poroshenko-Trump meeting, doesn't give specific dates

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has confirmed a meeting of the presidents of Ukraine and the United States, but did not give any specific dates.

"The meeting will definitely take place, we are preparing it. But we should keep you on the edge of your seats. Svyatoslav Tsegolko will make a statement soon (simultaneously with our American friends), but we are now working on a large part of the speech," Ukraine's Foreign Ministry Pavlo Klimkin told journalists in Kyiv on Wednesday, responding to a question about the possibility of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's visit to the U.S. next week.

The minister also said the agenda of the meeting will include issues related to Russia's meeting its commitments under the Minsk agreements, as well as the occupied Crimea, access to the peninsula by international observers, bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and the United States and assistance to reforms in Ukraine.

The minister also said they will discuss security cooperation between Ukraine and the United States, and "important political decisions in this area" will be taken.

The minister also specified that the parties in preparation for the Poroshenko-Trump meeting were agreeing the format for the U.S. participation in negotiations on the settlement of the Donbas conflict.

"Before the meeting it was important for us to agree with our American partners about the format of their engagement, whether this will be a parallel format or a format of interaction at certain levels with the Normandy format. A lot of important news will appear soon," Klimkin said.

In his words, Kyiv and Washington will continue to search for ways to put pressure on Russia.

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