Thursday, 22 April 2010

US Pledges Support For Reforms In Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- United States Ambassador to Ukraine has commented the new government for a vigorous start to reforms in that country.
If the reforms continue in this vein, it will promote a positive image of Ukraine in the United States and Europe, Ambassador John Tefft told Ukrainian Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych at a meeting with him Monday.

The press service of the Justice Ministry quoted Tefft as saying that the United States is ready to help Kiev in the implementation of economic and judicial reforms.

The Ambassador recalled the support to Ukraine on the path of reforms pledged by President Barack Obama during his recent meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych.

Tefft also conveyed Washington's interest in the details of proposed plans to draft amendments to the legislation in various problem areas.

The emergence of a new administration headed by President Viktor Yanukovych has enlivened the country's bail-out prospects from international agencies.

Battered by the economic downturn, Ukraine was badly in need of a new, stable government to adopt a delayed 2010 budget and restart talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a suspended $16.4 billion bail-out package.

Yanukovych is trying to demonstrate that he will balance relations with Moscow and the West and his commitment to developing relations with Europe.

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