Opening Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at a November 12 meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

November 12, 2018

Your Excellency Prime Minister, thank you for your gracious words.

As I shared with you, I’ve been trying to get to Ukraine for four years as the Governor of Texas and now as the Secretary of Energy.  And now I know why I’ve been continuing in that mission to get here. This is a beautiful country and a beautiful city with an extraordinary story.  And the great story of Ukraine is in the future.  It’s in the future because of the men and women that are sitting across this table, the vision that they have, the desire they have to improve the quality of life and the economic and energy security of this country.

The three areas that I want to share with you: the President and I will shortly sign a Strategic Energy Dialogue in the next few hours to send a strong message that the Trump Administration, the United States of America are going to be strong allies and strong partners with Ukraine.  We certainly want to assist as you reform your government, your structure.  For instance, the unbundling of Naftogaz, the liberalization of energy markets, transparency, predictability.  For instance, your very new announcement of geological data transparency, licensing, the production sharing agreements.  All of those collectively send a powerful message to the United States government, to the United States private sector partners, and to your European neighbors that Ukraine is very serious about the reforms, they are very serious about being an energy center in the world.  And finally, the message will be very clear of the United States’ continued opposition to Nord Stream 2, to the Turkish Stream pipeline, and the reason is clear.  The citizens of Europe, the citizens of Ukraine in particular, should never be held hostage by a single source of energy.  And the greatest way to send that message is to partner with individuals that you know you can count on, and the President wanted me to come today and tell you that you can count on the United States.