On June 23, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in the course of which the parties discussed the implementation of the peace plan.
Joseph Biden assessed the actions of the Ukrainian government as right and of high professionalism.
In his turn, Petro Poroshenko claimed that the ceasefire by militants must be accompanied by the liberation of hostages and closure of the border to prevent the inflow of mercenaries, arms and drugs into the Ukrainian soil. Poroshenko noted that Russia must demonstrate tangible steps forward.
The President of Ukraine emphasized that if the peace plan is not obeyed, the United States and the EU should make decisive efforts to support Ukraine, particularly through the decision of the European Council on June 27. According to the Head of State, transatlantic solidarity in the given issue is extremely important.
Joseph Biden informed Petro Poroshenko on the conversation between U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin that was almost entirely dedicated to the Ukrainian issue.
In response, the President of Ukraine expressed gratitude to the USA for its support, inter alia, in the broadening of cooperation programs in the sphere of security and defense. Particularly, it concerned onetime short-term measures to provide immediate assistance and long-term programs to build the institutional capacity of the Ukrainian army.
In the course of the conversation, the U.S. Vice President also commended the involvement of former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma to the trilateral negotiations on the implementation of the peace plan.