President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Petro Poroshenko expressed condolences to the American people over casualties caused by shooting in San Bernardino, California.
The parties coordinated positions on the settlement of Donbas conflict, particularly on the elaboration of modalities regarding preparations to the elections in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in conformity with the Ukrainian legislation and OSCE standards, as well as under the OSCE/ODIHR monitoring.
John Kerry confirmed the U.S. immutable position on the necessity of prolongation of sanctions against Russia until full implementation of the Minsk agreements.
The U.S. Secretary of State emphasized that possible coordination with Russia on important issues of international agenda would not be held at the cost of Ukraine’s interests.
John Kerry confirmed the U.S. immutable position on the non-recognition of Russia’s occupation of Crimea.
Petro Poroshenko informed John Kerry on the recent steps in the implementation of internal reforms in Ukraine.
The U.S. Secretary of State noted the completion of the procedure of appointment of Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecution of Ukraine having emphasized that it was an extremely important signal in the fight against corruption.
The President thanked the U.S. for its assistance in the enhancement of defense capacity of the country and expressed hope for the further assistance.
The parties discussed the schedule of the forthcoming high-level contacts between Ukraine and the United States.