21 Feb 2018 17:22

U.S. deputy secretary of state discusses steps toward Plan B to confront Russia in Kyiv

KYIV. Feb 21 (Interfax) - Verkhovna Rada Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Hanna Hopko said she and the United States' Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan, held a constructive meeting in Kyiv to discuss the sanctions against Russia and adopting the bill on an anti-corruption court.

"I had constructive talks with Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on the need to continue reforms in Ukraine, especially the protection of efficient anti-corruption law enforcement institutions and adopting the bill on an anti-corruption court," Hopko wrote on her Facebook page.

Also discussed were the necessity of expanding sanctions against Russia and "Trans-Atlantic coordination to work out Plan B to rebuff Russian aggression" and to restore Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty, she wrote.

"Efforts to prevent the construction of a purely political Nord Stream 2 project are important," Hopko wrote.

She posted photos of her meeting, which was also attended by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, former Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development and Trade Aivaras Abromavicus, and the Ukrainian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group's political subgroup and the coordinator of the civil network Opora's election programs, Olha Aivazovska.