US to allocate $ 463 million to Ukraine for reforms in 2021 – joint statement / GORDON

“In support of Ukraine’s reform efforts, the US government has provided nearly $ 2 billion in development assistance to Ukraine since 2014 and plans to provide more than $ 463 million in aid this year, including programs focused on democracy, human rights, local governance and decentralization. privatization and judicial reform, “the statement said.

The document notes that it is about “investing in the reform agenda in Ukraine.”

“Governance reform is critical to ensuring that democracy functions for the benefit of the people. Ukraine is committed to prioritizing reforms that strengthen its democratic institutions, enhance human rights and ensure justice. To this end, Ukraine is developing an ambitious and comprehensive plan for transformation,” the statement said.

The authors of the document clarified that the transformation plan will be considered at the next meeting of the Strategic Partnership Commission of Ukraine and the United States.

The joint statement was signed on the occasion of the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States. Head of the Ukrainian State took part in the presentation of the transformation plan of Ukraine in the US state of Virginia in the building of the Fred Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

Context:

Zelensky arrived in Washington on the night of August 31. The main topic of his meeting with US President Joe Biden will include the United States in the process of peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass, stressed Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

The meeting of Zelensky and Biden was postponed twice: first – from the 30th on August 31, and then – on September 1.

In Washington these days, meetings are also being held with the heads of ministries that are key for Ukrainian-American relations. As part of Zelensky’s visit, a number of interdepartmental and interstate agreements have already been signed between Ukraine and the United States. In particular, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran and the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on August 31 signed a strategic framework agreement defense partnership.

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