U.S. expects Ukraine's new Cabinet will continue anti-corruption reform
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says that the United States expects a newly appointed Ukrainian government will continue reform and take further steps to fight against corruption.
"There are critically important reforms that include reforms related to fighting corruption that are going to be critical to Ukraine's longer-term success," he said at a briefing in Washington on Thursday while outlining tasks faced by Ukraine's new Cabinet.
"Well, I know that they're working to form the full government [in Ukraine]. And obviously, the United States is committed to supporting our partners in Ukraine as they endure a difficult situation. Right now, they're facing some significant economic and fiscal challenges, some of which are being exacerbated by the security challenges that they're facing from Russia, who has repeatedly violated their territorial integrity. So they're going through a difficult time, and they have relied on the United States and other international institutions to support them," he said.
Earnest also reiterated that the United States would continue supporting Ukraine and reforms it conducts.
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