Zagorodniuk Meets with US Delegation to Discuss Defense Issues
The Ukrainian Defense Minister met with several members from the US House of Representatives
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“Comprehensive support for our country and its Armed Forces by the United States of America has had a significant impact on the situation in Ukraine over the past five years. All US cooperation programs and assistance provided by the US Government are very valuable to us. This is a strong message that we are not alone.”
Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andrii Zagorodniuk announced during his meeting with the US Congressional delegation headed by the Chair of the Readiness Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee of the House of Representatives, John Garamendi. The meeting was also attended by the members of the US House Vicky Hartzler, Jennifer Aydin González Colón, David Wayne Loebsack, Thomas Charles O’Halleran, John Mondy Shimkus and Chargé d’Affaires of the United States in Ukraine William B. Taylor.
Zagorodniuk expressed words of gratitude to the US for the consistent support of Ukraine and stressed the importance of further cooperation with the US Congress.
He acquainted foreign guests with priority lines of efforts of the Government and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine directed to strengthening the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He also stressed that the Euro-Atlantic course is unchanged.
Both sides considered the possibility of expanding the military-technical cooperation between the two countries while discussing the priority areas of assistance to Ukraine by the United States Government.
Noting the importance of US technical assistance provided to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Zagorodniuk welcomed the decision of the US Department of State on the readiness to implement a project on the sale of modern lethal weapons within the framework of the program “Foreign Military Sales” and also expressed resolve of the Ukrainian defense agency to procure the necessary equipment and assets which are made in the US.
The fight against corruption was also a key topic of the discussion. Zagorodniuk informed the US delegation about the main efforts in combating corruption, especially in the procurement sphere, emphasizing the clear position of the new Government on zero tolerance for corruption.
Talking about advisory assistance, Zagorodniuk noted the importance of involving the US advisors in the process of reforming the Defense Ministry and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Zagorodniuk emphasized the uniqueness of the experience gained by Ukraine during combat actions and while countering current hybrid threats. He also stressed the readiness of the Ukrainian side to deepen the exchange of experience with American counterparts.
|Source||Ukraine Government Portal|