Today, President Barack Obama held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine. In their meeting, the President and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk discussed how to find a peaceful resolution to Russia's ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. They also discussed support the international community can provide to help Ukraine confront its economic challenges, and the importance of uniting Ukraine and working to fulfill the aspirations of the Ukrainian people as they prepare for May presidential elections.
Ukraine is facing a moment of historic challenge and historic opportunity. In the coming months, the Government of Ukraine will need to take steps to restore economic stability and to conduct free, fair, and inclusive presidential elections to allow the Ukrainian people to choose their own future.
During Prime Minister Yatsenyuk’s visit to Washington today, he also met with Secretary of State John Kerry. The leaders discussed steps the United States is taking to support Ukraine at this critical time, including the $1 billion loan guarantee we are working with Congress to provide, and the package of technical and other assistance we are preparing, to meet Ukraine’s priority needs. You can read more about specific U.S. assistance measures and initiatives discussed today here. You can also read President Obama's remarks with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk here, or watch them.
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