Secretary Pompeo Visits Ukraine

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Secretary Pompeo Visits Ukraine

During his visit to Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.  At a joint press-conference with the Ukrainian president, Mr. Pompeo underscored the importance of Ukraine for Americans:

“President Zelenskyy and I just had an excellent meeting, talked about a range of issues.  The Ukrainian people should know the United States understands that Ukraine is an important country.  It’s not just the geographic heart of Europe; it’s a bulwark between freedom and authoritarianism in Eastern Europe.  Its fields help feed the European continent, and its pipelines keep Europe warm in the winter.  And it’s a growing market for U.S. exports as well, and we’re happy about that.”

At the January 31 press availability Secretary Pompeo also stated:

“The Ukrainian people want freedom.  Nearly 14,000 Ukrainians have been killed and many more wounded defending their homeland in the ongoing conflict in the Donbas.  It was my honor this morning to visit again St. Michael’s Memorial and pay my respects to those who have fallen. Today, I am here with a clear message.  The United States sees that the Ukrainian struggle for freedom, democracy, and prosperity is a valiant one.  Our commitment to support it will not waver.  As I told President Zelenskyy earlier today, the commitment starts with our strong support for his efforts to strengthen democratic institutions in this country.  The final victory for the Revolution of Dignity is within reach.  The United States has worked hard to help Ukraine develop a strong rule of law, a healthy investment climate, a reformed defense sector, and energy independence, and we’ll continue to do so.”

President Zelenskyy, speaking through an interpreter, expressed gratitude for Washington’s support of Ukraine:

“I am extremely glad to welcome today to Ukraine the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Mr. Pompeo.  This is a hallmark visit that clearly demonstrates the consistent and across-the-board support of our country by the United States of America. The United States have been and will remain our key ally in defending sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine... In particular, the relations between Kyiv and Washington are invariably strong because the groundwork for them is the full confidence, mutual understanding, and long-lasting strategic interest.”

During his visit to the Ukrainian capital Mike Pompeo also met with Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko and Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodnyuk.

The complete remarks of President Zelenskyy and Secretary Pompeo from their press availability in Kyiv can be read here.

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Photo at top of page is from President Zelenskyy's official website