President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said during a joint briefing with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Censor.NET reports.
"United States aid in reforming the Armed Forces of Ukraine, supplying weapons, equipment is an important step towards building an effective cooperation in the defense sphere. I am confident that this cooperation will continue to build up. The U.S. is a key international ally of Ukraine," Poroshenko said, adding that the support of such a powerful partner is very important for Ukrainians.
In addition, according to Poroshenko special attention was paid to the issue of security in the Donbas and the situation in occupied Crimea.
"There is a mutual understanding - Russia and its proxies are totally responsible for the slippage of the peace settlement of the conflict in the Donbas. Ukraine is devoted to implementing the Minsk agreements which it considers to be a road map for a peaceful settlement. But no effective settlement is possible without security. Only when we ensure a proper security level, the political process will turn perspective. This is a key position of Ukraine," the head of state noted.
In addition, Poroshenko highlighted the principled stance of the U.S. regarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.
"During the NATO Summit and at a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, we'll agree on further pressure against Russia for it to fully implement the Minsk agreements and start the de-occupation of Crimea. Leaving sanctions in force is not a punishment but a motivation for Russia to fully implement its commitments," Poroshenko said.