President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Feb 5 in Kyiv, Ukrainian President official website reports.
"Today I'm here specifically to bring the support, friendship and good will of President Obama and the entire American nation to the people of Ukraine on their way towards democracy, freedom and, most importantly, the protection of their territory and sovereignty. We admire that and respect that," John Kerry said during the meeting.
Petro Poroshenko has emphasized that Ukraine remained committed to the peaceful, political settlement of the conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk regions and would insist on the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements.
"We are working to find out ways for a peaceful settlement and deprive the Ukrainian people from the ongoing horror of the aggression. This is a priority for all community of civilized nations, for every civilized society. At the same time we are strengthening our security cooperation," the President said.
John Kerry has underlined the importance of diplomatic resolution of the Donbas conflict. "Our choice is diplomacy and peaceful resolution. But Russia needs to make these choices as well. And those choices should not just be declared by words, they have to be declared by actions. And that means engaging a series of steps that will uphold the Minsk agreements which they signed up," the U.S. Secretary of State noted.
President Petro Poroshenko also held a meeting with President of France Francois Hollande and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel who arrived to Kyiv to discuss the ways of peaceful resolution of the situation in the Donbas.