Strong democracy should become a weapon for Ukraine that is experiencing a difficult stage of formation and development. This was stated by President of the International Republican Institute (IRI) Daniel Twining during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman. Founded in 1983, the International Republican Institute is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that promotes the values of democracy, the development of civil society and the protection of human rights. Senator John McCain had served as the IRI Chairman for 25 years. And now the Institute actively cooperates with representatives of the Congress and the Senate of the United States - including while supporting democratic development of Ukraine and reforms carried out by the Ukrainian Government.
"It is a great honor for us to be in Kyiv today to acknowledge 100% support for your state", said Daniel Twining. "For a long time the Supervisory Board of the Institute was headed by Senator John McCain. And now we are continuing his mission on Ukraine."
"You carry out an important mission in Ukraine", said the Prime Minister of Ukraine. "And our relations with the USA, especially in this historical period, are valuable to us".
The IRI President stressed that in a competitive world the issues of development – both economic and political - are of particular importance.
"The United States supports you, your reforms and your actions", Daniel Twinning added and noted he considers decentralization one of the most important reforms pursued by the Government.