President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with US Senator, co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus Robert Portman.
The Head of State stressed that Ukraine highly appreciates the bipartisan support of the United States Congress. He thanked for the constant and unwavering support of the United States for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
"Thank you for your significant personal contribution to the formation of such a strong parliamentary support led by the Senate Ukraine Caucus. This is an important foundation for our strategic partnership, which is based on common values and long-term interests," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
For his part, Robert Portman commended the appointment of the new Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Oksana Markarova.
The President thanked for the allocation envisaged in the United States budget for the current year in the amount of more than $ 700 million for the implementation of the assistance programs to Ukraine, of which nearly $ 400 million will go to national security and defense.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed the Senator about the situation in Donbas. In particular, he noted that there are some positive changes, less sniper fire, and therefore fewer casualties in recent days. However, the Head of State stressed that no agreement has been reached with Russia on a complete ceasefire, so the situation remains dangerous.
Senator Robert Portman said he supports providing Ukraine with a NATO Membership Action Plan.
The President praised the solid position of the United States on preventing the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and thanked for the support in the form of sanctions.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy also added that Ukraine is interested in close cooperation with the United States to counter disinformation.
The Head of State stressed that he is looking forward to Robert Portman's visit to Ukraine as part of a bipartisan delegation of the US Congress.