On 8 May 2019, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova met with George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.
The meeting was also attended by Joseph Pennington, Chargé d'Affaires, U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and Anton Cooper, a diplomat of the political department of the US Embassy in Ukraine.
During the meeting the sides discussed common policy towards the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas in the wake of the Ukrainian presidential election.
Emine Dzhaparova noted that the US support in pursuing further political and economic reforms in the transitional period following the presidential election and on the threshold of the parliamentary elections is of utmost importanceboth for the Ukrainian people and the Government of Ukraine.
Apart from that, the sides discussed Russia’s extremely provocative decision to grant expedited Russian citizenship to Ukrainians living in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine, which is yet another proof of the negligence of international law and a brutal violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The First Deputy Minister thanked the American side for continuing the consistent policy of non-recognition.
In particular, a press statement by Morgan Ortagus, the spokesperson for the US Department of State, regarding the provision of expedited Russian citizenship reads that "President Putin’s decision creates a serious obstacle to the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the reintegration of the Donbas region. The Minsk agreements, signed by Russia, call for the full restoration of Ukrainian government control over eastern Ukraine".