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 U.S. should take steps in enhancement of defense capacity of Ukrainian Armed Forces - Senator Portman

At the meeting with American Senator Rob Portman, President Petro Poroshenko has emphasized the importance of transatlantic solidarity for the support of Ukraine, which is currently defending democratic values in a struggle against the aggressor.

Censor.NET reports citing the president's press office.

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"We are currently defending global security and global democracy. If we lose this battle, the whole global security will lose," the president said.

The president emphasizes that Ukraine makes everything possible for the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements and counts on the support of the U.S. in order to ensure the fulfillment of these agreements by all the parties.

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Petro Poroshenko has particularly noted the need for sending the international peacekeeping mission "in order to ensure the stability of the peaceful process".

On the other hand, the president has emphasized that Ukraine was struggling not only to defend the country, but also to change it and "lead it towards absolutely new values".

The president has thanked the Senator for his personal position on the necessity of providing more active support to Ukraine.

The Senator has emphasized that the United States should be closer to Ukraine. He was impressed with the changes that happened in Ukraine over the past year. Still, threats to the national security of Ukraine have increased significantly.

Rob Portman stands for the USA to be deeper involved in the process of ensuring the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

According to the Senator, the U.S. Administration should make steps not only in the introduction of training programs for the army, but also in the enhancement of defense capacity of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Rob Portman has also noted the importance of further financial support of reforms in Ukraine.

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