the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky called for more active US involvement in the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the East of the country. He stated this during a joint press conference after talks with U.S. Secretary of state Michael Pompeo.
As reported TASS, Zelensky thanked him for his firm position on the Donbas and the illegal annexation of Crimea. Also, Ukraine “highly appreciates the efforts of President trump”. The Ukrainian leader he said that the United States was and remains a key ally of Ukraine in protection of its sovereignty.
in addition, Zelensky said that relations between the United States and Ukraine deteriorated in connection with the impeachment of President Donald trump. In his opinion, relations between the two countries is very good, and he wants them to remain “not only in words”.
in Addition, Kiev hopes that Washington will remove duties on steel imports from Ukraine. Now it is 25 percent. Zelensky said that “this is a sensitive issue for steel exports.”
Also, according to Zelensky, Ukraine is ready to develop new forms of cooperation with the United States in the security sphere. And it confirms the first contract for the purchase of anti-tank missile systems Javelin.
In turn, Pompeo said that the United States to protect the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine and support Kiev in the desire to join NATO. He also assured that there are no conditions for Zelensky official visit to Washington. According to him, the meeting of the two presidents is only necessary to find the appropriate time.
this Zelensky said that he is ready to go to Washington “tomorrow” if the parties are willing to reach agreements. In his opinion, this visit can bring concrete results for the country. He does not want to be a “political traveler” as its predecessors.
according to RIA Novosti, the negotiations Zelensky and Pompeo said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry PEskov. He said that every country has the sovereign right to conduct international relations in a global or regional plan.