Poroshenko, Biden agree coordination on Minsk deal implementation
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden held a four-hour meeting in Davos Wednesday, agreing to coordinate actions for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, according to the presidential press service.
"We reached a conclusion that there is no alternative to the Minsk process. We enjoy full support from the United States regarding the implementation of the Minsk process. We agreed to coordinate actions in order to ensure the ceasefire and provide access to the border and heavy weapons storage facilities for the OSCE SMM. We also agreed to coordinate actions for the liberation of Ukrainian hostages," Petro Poroshenko said.
Also, the parties coordinated actions to intensify political process including the elaboration of the modalities of elections in the occupied territories under the Ukrainian legislation with broad participation of the international observers.
Significant attention was paid to the U.S. support for the Ukrainian reforms and intensification of military-technical cooperation. The President thanked the U.S. Vice President for the recent assistance in the amount of $23 million. "We agreed to continue this cooperation," Petro Poroshenko informed.
The parties discussed security and defense reform. The U.S. takes active part in this process.
They also discussed energy cooperation. "It was clearly emphasized that the Nord Stream 2 is a purely political project aimed against Ukraine and the majority of EU states. We must act efficiently to stop it," the President stressed.
In the context of the discussion of cooperation with IMF, the President thanked the United States for the firm financial and reformist support to Ukraine.