U.S. Ambassador stresses need to prevent violence by extremist groups during presidential election in Ukraine

10:40, 22 March 2019
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Ambassador Yovanovitch on Thursday met with Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to discuss "the importance of free and fair elections," the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine wrote on Twitter.

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The envoy also "noted the Interior Ministry’s important role and responsibility to counter threats and prevent acts of violence by extremist groups."

In turn, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, also via Twitter, stated that he had discussed with Ambassador Yovanovitch “pressing issues of ensuring fair and transparent elections, security, and preventing provocations at polling stations during the vote”.

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