Poltorak calls U.S. decision on weapons provision to Ukraine "timely and correct"
Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has met in Washington with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
"I am grateful to the U.S. government, Congress and the U.S. president for providing Ukraine with defensive lethal weapons, which was a timely and correct decision," the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry quoted Poltorak as saying.
Poltorak called this decision a powerful signal to the aggressor that Ukraine is not alone, but also a signal to partners that it is necessary to cooperate with Ukraine.
The defense minister called the U.S. the main strategic partner of Ukraine. "It would be difficult for us without the support: effective advisory, financial assistance, training programs – all this means a successful Armed Forces of Ukraine. The successful reforms are the only way to strengthen the country's defense capability," he said at a meeting with the U.S. secretary of defense.
In addition, Poltorak took part in the bilateral consultations of the defense departments of Ukraine and the United States, which took place in the Pentagon.
"The dialogue was constructive and frank. I am grateful for the warm welcome and open support," the Ukrainian Defense Minister said.
Poltorak also met with students of the National Military College. He expressed the hope that in 2018 the dynamics of cooperation between Ukraine and the U.S. will improve in many areas. "I invite the college students to Ukraine, it would be great if they talk with our military, hear their opinion and get acquainted with their experience," he said.
The defense minister of Ukraine is on a working visit to the United States.