Tillerson in Kiev. Nothing new for Ukraine

Тиллерсон в Киеве. Ничего нового для Украины

The visit of the State Secretary of the USA in Ukraine was rather exploratory in nature.

In Ukraine first arrived, a senior official of the new American administration.

At the weekend Kiev was visited by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He held talks with leaders of Ukrainian state, and also met with civil society activists, who probably complained about the leadership.

CorrespondentT.net analyzed the results of the visit Tillerson.

Donbass and Russia

US sanctions against Russia will remain in force until the Russian side does not stop the actions that led to these measures, said Tillerson in Kiev.

“We call on Russia to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements and to use its influence on separatists to OSCE observers had access not only on the contact line, but also along the border,” said Tillerson.

The Secretary of state also stressed that in its discussions with the Russian leadership, he stressed several times that Russia needs to take the first step to de-escalate in Eastern Ukraine, in particular, this should be a cease-fire and withdrawal of heavy weapons, to represent access to OSCE observers.

Secretary Tillerson arrived in Kyiv earlier today for his first official visit to #Ukraine: https://t.co/hNqXPHatgJ pic.twitter.com/71yFLkwdXw

— Department of State (@StateDept) July 9, 2017

“It is important to note the objectives of the United States. First and foremost is the restoration of the territorial integrity and unity of Ukraine. The United States has provided more than $ 600 million since the crisis began. It is also important to ensure the safety of all citizens of Ukraine”, – he added.

Tillerson also said that the US is disappointed by the lack of progress in the negotiation process on settlement of the situation in the East of Ukraine, and therefore was appointed special representative in Ukraine Kurt Volker.

“We are disappointed with the lack of progress in the framework of the Minsk agreements, so we appointed a special representative for Ukraine. We will coordinate activities with the “Norman Quartet” and the government of the Russian Federation to see whether we can accelerate progress,” said Tillerson.

The Secretary noted that Walker next few days will be in Kiev, “to understand the situation.”

“Ambassador Walker well-known diplomat and I’m glad he took on this role,” he added.

Poroshenko, in turn, noted that the Volcker experience, combined with his determination will accelerate the negotiation process and will allow to count on the implementation of the Minsk agreements by the Russian Federation.


The meeting was not spared and the issue of occupation of the Crimea. Tillerson reiterated the U.S. position on the Peninsula.

“Mr. Secretary of state assured me that the Crimea is always on the agenda and the issue of territorial integrity and the cessation of the illegal annexation of Crimea is a strong condition for the lifting of sanctions with Russia”, – said Poroshenko.

The fight against corruption and reforms

Tillerson met in Kiev with representatives of civil society.

From the Ukrainian side the meeting was attended by four representatives on the subject of energy, law enforcement reform, anti-corruption, the economy and investment.

Driscreen Tillerson pidkreslyv Patrico antikorupcinio susil zaradi pobutovi mcno #Ukraine on sustr s ukrainskimi reformers pic.twitter.com/b39p8TxiIE

— U. S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) 9 Jul 2017

In particular, the head of “Naftogaz Ukraine” Andrew KOBOLEV, Executive Director of the Center for anti-corruption Daria kalenyuk and managing partner of Horizon Capital Olena Kosharna.

According to the participants, every subject ended with remarks and questions on the fight against corruption: who is behind this, why not bring results, what’s the problem the people or the law and who resist.

With representatives of civil society Tillerson met before the meeting with President Petro Poroshenko.

Tillerson noted that Ukraine has already done much to reform, but to stop early.

“We talked a lot about the steps that Ukraine has become more attractive for foreign investments. We discussed the need to implement anti-corruption reforms, because it is also a very important element to attract foreign investment that will create more jobs and to develop the Ukrainian economy”, – said the Secretary of state.

Tillerson pointed to the need for competition to select a new Supreme Court, which continues at this time. An important component of reforms he called the new anti-corruption courts.

Nothing new

The Ukrainian diplomat Bogdan Yaremenko believes that the new us administration offers no new approaches to the solution of Ukrainian problems.

“Team trump did not offer anything new. In fact, they are the same policies that condemn the performance of President Obama: to deter Russia in matters of violations of international law, the occupation of Ukrainian territories, but also to work with them where possible – the fight against terrorism, Syria. This is absolutely no different from the General line pursued by Obama” – believes the diplomat.

The authorities, according to Yaremenko, a visit Tillerson, his next victory.

“The government has committed itself to drawing such a wide epic painting of diplomatic victories. This will be supplied in the same plan: we go, we speak, our position is taken into account. But this children’s toys”, – said the diplomat.

According to the President of the Ukrainian Association of foreign policy of Vladimir Khandogy no breakthroughs from the visit of the American Secretary of state and was not expected. “The visit of Rex Tillerson in Ukraine was informational. His goal was to inform Petro Poroshenko about the substance of the talks Donald trump and Vladimir Putin in Hamburg,” – said the expert.