U.S. State Department comments on Abromavicius resignation

10:00, 04 February 2016
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The U.S. State Department has called on the Ukrainian authorities to put aside their personal interests, overcome differences and to continue reforms, thus responding to the resignation to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Aivaras Abromavicius.


"Well, we have seen the reports of his resignation, and I think it's important to note he delivered real reform results for Ukraine. He and his team made strides implementing tough but necessary economic reforms to help stabilize Ukraine's economy, root out corruption, and help bring Ukraine into compliance with its IMF program obligations, as well as promoting more openness and transparency. So we note that with this – with his resignation that we hope that those efforts will be able to continue, because he did make a difference in Ukraine on many fronts," U.S. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said at a daily press briefing in Washington, DC, on February 3.

"Ukraine's stable, secure, and prosperous future is going to require the sustained efforts of a broad and inclusive team going forward of dedicated professionals like him who put the Ukrainian people's interests above their own," Kirby said.

Read alsoPyatt says Abromavicius "one of great champions of reform""We believe it's important that Ukraine's leaders set aside their differences, put the vested interests that have hindered the country's progress for decades – put that all in the past, and press forward on these same vital reforms. And in doing that, they will continue to find a friend in the United States of America," said the U.S. official

As UNIAN reported earlier, Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius announced that he was going to resign. The key reason for his resignation was the conflict with MP from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko Ihor Kononenko, the minister explained.

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