11:39 19 Oct 2021

The US Secretary of Defense arrived in Ukraine as part of a working visit

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin arrived in Ukraine on Tuesday as part of a working visit.

The head of the Pentagon announced this on Twitter, Rubryka reports.

"I landed in Kyiv. I am here to reaffirm our unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and to express our commitment to strengthening Ukraine's ability to deter further Russian aggression," the statement said.

Lloyd Austin is expected to meet with Ukrainian Defense Minister Andrii Taran.

During the meeting, the parties will discuss issues of practical implementation of the agreements reached and prospects for bilateral cooperation, progress in implementing defense reform in our country, aimed at implementing Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic aspirations, as well as security issues in the Black Sea region.

Distinguished American guests will also take part in the daily morning ceremony honoring the defenders of Ukraine who died for the freedom, independence, and territorial integrity of our state and during international operations to maintain peace and security.

On the same day, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy will meet with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to discuss issues of bilateral cooperation and cooperation in the field of regional security.

In early September, several important documents were signed during President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's working visit to the United States, including a Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Ukraine and the United States on commercial cooperation.

Three deals are totaling $2.5 billion. The United States signed an agreement with the state concern, Ukroboronprom. The documents relate to cooperation with US defense companies.

In addition, Minister of Health Viktor Liashko signed agreements in the United States on cooperation for the Ukrainian health care system with world market leaders, in particular, General Electric, Medtronic, and MSD.

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