22 Jul 2022 10:29

Ukrainian establishment coordinates its positions with U.S. partners

MOSCOW. July 22 (Interfax) - Natalia Tkachuk, head of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council's (NSDC) information and cybersecurity service and secretary of the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity, has met with U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray, the Ukrainian media said, citing the NSDC press service.

"Mr. Wray underscored during the meeting that cooperation with Ukraine is a priority for the U.S. and thanked Ukrainian partners for efficient cooperation, including in the field of cybersecurity," the press service said.

Kyiv, for its part, thanked for the support being extended to Ukraine to help it deal with cyber threats, as well as "for the extremely fruitful work of representatives of the FBI office in Ukraine."

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the FBI-sponsored 9th International Conference on Cyber Security, which was held in New York on July 18-20.

Furthermore, head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's Office Andriy Yermak and Ukrainian Army Forces Commander-in-Chief Valeriy Zaluzhny held a phone conversation with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff gen. Mark Milley as part of their continuous dialogue, the Ukrainian media quoted Zelensky's press service as saying.

Yermak, in turn, said that the Office of the Ukrainian President is continuing its regular briefings for representatives of Ukraine's international partners.

Yermak and Zaluzhny thanked Sullivan and Milley "for the powerful support being extended for Ukraine in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity."

There are also semi-official contacts with between Ukrainian and U.S. representatives. In particular, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, currently an MP from the European Solidarity faction, has met with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink.

"Had a wonderful meeting with U.S. Ambassador in Kyiv Bridget Brink. A professional, thoughtful, detailed, strategic one. Exactly how such meetings should be between true friends and allies," Ukrainian media outlets quoted Poroshenko as saying on social media.

"I fully share the U.S. ambassador's approach that a democratic, sovereign and independent Ukraine is in the interests of the United States," he said.

"We agreed to continue cooperation and communication in the interests of strengthening bilateral dialogue and extending powerful support to Ukraine by Washington," Poroshenko said.