During their Washington visit, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Andrii Taranov and Head of Department of Security Service of Ukraine Vitalii Naida met with U.S. Vice-President's Special Adviser for Europe and Eurasia Michael Carpenter and National Security Council's Director for Eastern Europe Liz Zentos.
White House representatives were informed about the situation in the anti-terrorist operation area and about the facts of participation of regular units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in developments in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea followed by events in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It was stressed that the Russian special services, along with Russia's Armed Forces, provoke instability and inspire subversive activities of illegal armed formations in the territory of Ukraine; they are also responsible for supplying arms and heavy weaponry to the terrorists.
In response, the American side expressed its clear understanding of the Russian military presence in the east of Ukraine, declaring its support of the Ukrainian people in their fight for territorial integrity and independence of their state.
Agreements on practical steps in security sphere were reached.