Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, while staying on a working visit to Washington, met with Bill Keating, Chairman of Europe, Eurasia, Energy, & the Environment Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The parties discussed Ukraine-US bilateral dialogue, inter-parliamentary cooperation, Russian aggression against Ukraine, the process of reforms, as well as enhancement of Ukraine's defense capabilities through new supplies of lethal weapons.
The Deputy Prime Minister thanked the United States Congress for the unwavering support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, in particular, for the decision on increasing financial support of Ukraine, which amounts to almost $700 million, which is $75 million more than in 2018.
"From the very first days of Russian aggression the United States was and remains a reliable ally of our state," Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze emphasized.
The Deputy Prime Minister urged congressmen to step up additional sanctions pressure on the Russian Federation.
"Russia's aggressive actions undermine regional and international security and are a flagrant violation of international law and relevant bilateral agreements. We hope that the United States will impose additional sanctions on Russia, in particular, for the open military aggression in the Kerch Strait, the seizure of our 24 sailors and ships, as well as against on Russian financial and energy sectors, including the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline", she stressed.
In turn, Bill Keating emphasized that US clearly understands Russia's intentions and assured Ukraine of continued support.
A special attention was devoted to the course of the electoral process in Ukraine in the context of the election of the President of Ukraine, as well as the importance of the work of international observers.
The issues related to physical and psychological rehabilitation of Ukrainian military personnel were also touched upon.
Ministry for Veterans Affairs was recently created in Ukraine. Therefore, the United States experience would be very appropriate for its effective functioning", the Deputy Vice Prime Minister stressed. The parties agreed to consider the possibility of separate assistance for the establishment of a new Ministry.