President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with the U.S. Congressional Delegation.
The Head of State has thanked the American Congressmen for a strong, lasting and persistent support of Ukraine. "Dear friends of Ukraine, thank you for everything you've been doing for us for many years. In the course of the last year, this support has become an issue of survival of Ukraine," the President said.
Petro Poroshenko has noted that Ukraine was currently fighting for its real independence. "We are in a state of war against barbaric aggression. We are struggling not only for our territorial integrity after the annexation of Crimea. We have centuries of history, 23 years of independence, but true struggle for independence is taking place now," the President emphasized.
The Head of State has drawn the attention of the attendees to the fact that the Ukrainian nation is paying a high price for freedom and independence, and Ukrainian warriors demonstrate heroism and courage defending peace in Europe. "Every Ukrainian understands that we are struggling for freedom and democracy of the entire European continent and, probably, the entire world," the Head of State emphasized.
The President has expressed confidence in victory. "We will win in any case. We are protecting our country, our freedom and democracy, but we can do much better if we closely coordinate our efforts," Petro Poroshenko said.
The Head of State has also informed the U.S. Congressional Delegation on the progress in political and economic reforms in Ukraine and assured of their irreversibility. In their turn, the Congressmen have expressed comprehensive support to the process of reforms in Ukraine. They have emphasized the importance of reforms, first of all, in energy sector and agricultural development, for they are the priority sectors of the economy.
The U.S. Congressional Delegation is headed by Rodney Frelinghuysen. The delegation consists of Congressmen Pete Visclosky, Kay Granger, Ken Calvert, Marcy Kaptur, John Carter, Steve Womack, Steve Israel and others. The meeting was also attended by Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin and Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Valeriy Chaly.