On December 4, 2019, Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk met with Acting Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent. The parties discussed the following issues during the meeting.
First of all, the Prime Minister of Ukraine raised an issue of the prospects of Ukraine's accession to NATO: “It is critical to maintain the dynamics of bilateral dialogue between our countries and further strengthen the strategic partnership in areas of mutual interest. In particular, Ukraine looks forward to the US support when discussing the issue of granting Enhanced Opportunities Partnership (EOP) status for our country. Ukraine has made significant progress in implementing the Alliance’s standards and is working strenuously on the necessary changes.”
Aftermath, Oleksiy Honcharuk thanked the United States for its continued support of Ukraine's territorial integrity.
The Prime Minister then raised an issue of the Nord Stream 2 project. He stressed the importance to apply sanctions in the context of the pipeline construction: “This is a politically motivated project. It undermines the European energy security and will reinforce the predominant position of Gazprom in Central and Eastern Europe.”
Apart from that, the parties discussed energy cooperation. The Prime Minister expressed interest in the purchasing of American LNG, as well as in the development of cooperation in the nuclear energy sector.
The interlocutors also focused on Ukraine-US trade relations. Oleksiy Honcharuk expressed hope trade cooperation between Ukraine and the USA would only grow. In this context, he stressed that the Ukrainian Government is committed to do serious progress on the protection of intellectual property rights in the territory of Ukraine.
The Prime Minister added: “We are grateful to the US for the decision to restore the partially suspended Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in 2018. We hope that further progress in Intellectual Property Rights protection will lead to the expansion of the list of Ukrainian goods subject to US trade preferences