Ukrainian president, U.S. treasury secretary coordinate positions ahead of G20 summit in Antalya
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew in Kyiv on Friday, during which they discussed the reforms in Ukraine, as well as the increase in cooperation in searching for the assets, which were withdrawn from Ukraine.
"The parties discussed the course of reforms in Ukraine, in particular the tax and anti-corruption reforms. They also agreed to enhance cooperation on the search of money stolen in Ukraine. The president also highlighted the importance of cooperation in the process of deoligarchization of Ukraine," Poroshenko's press service reported on the results of the meeting.
The Ukrainian president thanked the U.S. for the firm political support for Ukraine and practical the assistance, inter alia, in the form of loan guarantees.
The president also noted the role of the U.S. as a strategic and reliable partner of Ukraine in the issue of the IMF funding programs and debt restructuring.
Poroshenko also briefed Lew on the situation in Donbas, particularly on the intensified shelling of Ukrainian positions.
In his turn, Lew stressed that the United States would continue to insist on the necessity of the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. He also emphasized that the U.S. welcomed the willingness of the Ukrainian nation to live in an independent, secure and prosperous state.
Lew noted significant progress in the reformation of Ukraine and emphasized the importance of further commitment to the course of reforms. He noted the importance of international efforts for the attraction of multinational support for the Ukrainian reforms and called trust in the authorities a key factor of success.
The parties also coordinated positions ahead of the G20 Summit in Antalya, where the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury will be heading after his visit to Ukraine.