Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak had a meeting with Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Derek Chollet who was on a visit to Ukraine.
The parties exchanged views on the topical issues of the agenda, in particular, the preparations for the visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the United States.
During the meeting, significant attention was paid to the security challenges in the region. Andriy Yermak informed his interlocutor about the situation in the east of Ukraine, the level of threats persisting along the Ukrainian borders, as well as the state of the negotiation process in the framework of the Normandy format. There was an exchange of views on the ways to intensify the peace process and how the United States could best support the peace talks.
The parties discussed the implications of the Nord Stream 2 project for the energy security of Ukraine and the region as a whole. Derek Chollet emphasized the importance of close cooperation between Ukraine and the United States on energy security. Andriy Yermak stressed the invariability of the Ukrainian party's position on the far-reaching security threats posed by the possible launch of the gas pipeline.
"Nord Stream 2 is a geopolitical weapon of Russia, which will definitely be used against Ukraine and Europe," stressed the Head of the President’s Office.
Derek Chollet commended Ukraine's progress in reforming the judiciary, noting the recent adoption of fundamental laws on the High Council of Justice and the High Qualification Commission of Judges.
The parties reaffirmed mutual willingness to cooperate and coordinate efforts to ensure the successful results of the visit of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the United States. They agreed that in the near future the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine would visit Washington to discuss the content of the visit of the President of Ukraine to the United States.