Tillerson's priority is to stimulate reforms in Ukraine - State Dept
Rex Tillerson, the U.S. Secretary of State, calls on the Ukrainian government to fulfill its early promises regarding the creation of an anti-corruption court and to continue other reforms, officials of the State Department for International Relations said at the hearings in the Senate Committee.
Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell said that this is a huge priority for U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, which he repeatedly spoke about when he was asked whether the State Department raised the question of blocking energy and anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine, in particular, the persecution of NABU and the Anti-Corruption Committee of the Verkhovna Rada.
We couldn’t even dream of such progress that they will be achieved in such a short time. The Secretary of State Tillerson made it his priority to encourage Ukrainians to keep the way of reforms, he said.
It is important to carry out reforms not only in the lighter industries, but to implement more difficult structural reforms. And this applies particularly to the creation of the anti-corruption court and carrying out energy reform, particularly in the issue of gas tariffs. Both steps are critical to continue the delivery of assistance from the IMF. I have repeatedly raised these issues with Mr. Poroshenko, Groysman, Minister Klimkin, Mr. Parubiy and others. We are also coordinating our cooperation with the IMF to agree upon our positions, said Assistant Secretary of State.