Interfax: Tymoshenko and Nuland discuss implementation of Minsk protocol for Ukraine

Victoria Nuland file photo

(Interfax – October 7, 2014) Ukraine’s Batkivshchyna party leader Yulia Tymoshenko and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met in Kyiv recently to discuss the implementation of the September 5 Minsk agreements offering steps to settle the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine. Gazprom proposes to pay for gas transit with Ukrainian debt Gazprom proposes to pay for gas transit with Ukrainian debt

Yulia Tymoshenko file photoThe meeting also addressed a number of other topics, including security, economic issues and politics, the Batkivshchyna press service reported on Tuesday.

When discussing reforms aimed at cracking down on corruption in Ukraine, Tymoshenko and Nuland reiterated the need for the Ukrainian authorities to pass counter-corruption laws and a new law on the Prosecutor’s Office as soon as possible.

Among other matters, the parties reaffirmed the need to make joint efforts to secure the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who was arrested in Russia.

The meeting was also attended by Batkivshchyna deputy chairman Hryhoriy Nemyria, Ukraine’s former Foreign Minister Boris Tarasyuk, MP Serhiy Vlasenko, senior director at the U.S. National Security Council Charles Kupchan and director of Russia at the National Security Council Anna Makanju.

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