Readout of Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland’s Visit to Kyiv

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NSC Senior Directors Charles Kupchan and Celeste Wallander met on June 22 with senior Ukrainian officials, including President Poroshenko, Speaker of Parliament Parubiy, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration for Foreign Policy Yelisieiev, and Foreign Minister Klimkin to discuss Ukraine’s reform agenda and implementation of the Minsk agreements in support of Normandy countries.  The consultations were detailed and constructive, and focused heavily on the security requirements of Minsk in advance of the U.S. Delegation’s onward travel to Moscow on June 23.  The U.S. side welcomed Ukrainian leaders’ strong commitment to full implementation of Minsk, and underscored that sanctions on Russia must stay in place in order to advance that goal.