The party leader «Batkivshchyna» Yulia Tymoshenko during his two-day working visit to the United States on Wednesday, 3 February 2016, held a meeting with the Chairman of the Committee on armed services, U.S. Senate John McCain (Republican party), during which they discussed the situation in Ukraine and the efforts of the international community aimed at ending the military conflict with the Russian Federation, official website of Yulia Tymoshenko.
«We are sincerely grateful for all that you do for our state. You are a true friend of Ukraine», — said Tymoshenko.
The leader of Batkivshchyna thanked the Senator for a consistent position in defending interests of Ukraine on the world scene and for its efforts to increase the assistance that the U.S. provides to the Ukrainian state.
In turn, McCain has pledged that he would do «everything possible» to the Ukrainian question has always remained a key agenda of the US, including the return of the Crimea and the liberation of the temporarily occupied districts of the Donbas.
In addition to McCain, the leader of «Batkivshchyna» in the past two days met with Deputy Secretary of state Victoria Nuland, the leader of the Republican majority of the house of representatives of the US Congress Kevin McCarthy, Chairman of the Committee on foreign Affairs, house of representatives, U.S. Congress ed Royce, member of the Committee on appropriations of the house of representatives of Congress Nita Lowy, which is responsible for financial assistance to Ukraine, co-chair of the group of support of Ukraine in the U.S. Congress Marcy Kaptur, as well as experts from leading U.S. non-governmental analytical centers — the Atlantic Council (Atlantic Council) and of the Council on foreign relations (Council on Foreign Relations).
During the visit, Tymoshenko was escorted by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on human rights Hryhoriy Nemyria and the Chairman of the NGO «Anticorruption movement», the former head of the SBU Valentyn Nalyvaychenko.
Each of these meetings a press-service «Batkivshchyna» gives the minimum information. A specific exception is aboutall the message about the meeting with Nuland, on which Tymoshenko, in particular, criticized the Minsk agreement: «… She (Tymoshenko — ed.) emphasized that the Minsk agreements were necessary but not sufficient to restore peace in our state, and urged the US and Britain, as guarantors of the Budapest Memorandum, to join the negotiating process.»
This is the first official visit of Timoshenko to the USA.
Nalyvaychenko, who arrived in Washington a day earlier (February 1), met separately with the influential politician and diplomat who prepared the Declaration of independence of Ukraine from the United States — James Baker, former U.S. Secretary of state in the administration of President George H. W. Bushand head of the presidential administration of Ronald Reagan.
As previously reported, McCain in the summer of 2015, in Kyiv, was visited Dnepropetrovsk, where he met with volunteers, volunteers from the regiment «Dnepr-1» and, according to several testimonies, with local Pro-Ukrainian politicians.
Unlike the current democratic White house administration headed by President Barack Obama, Republicans advocate providing Ukraine with defensive weapons lethal action.
Tymoshenko and Nalyvaychenko in the USA met with McCain and other powerful Republicans 03.02.2016