US Energy Secretary Perry visits Kyiv
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry (L) visited Kyiv for the first time since he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2017. During his three-day visit starting on Nov. 10, the former Texas governor has met with the business community as well as top government officials. This is part of the secretary’s four-country tour of Central and Eastern Europe as he is also visiting Hungary, Czech Republic, and Poland. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking to offer these countries alternatives to buying gas and coal from neighboring Russia. In a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman (R) in Kyiv on Nov. 12, Perry announced that Trump would sign a Strategic Energy Dialogue that would “send a strong message that the Trump administration and the U.S are going to be strong allies and partners with Ukraine.” “The president wanted me to come today and tell you that you can count on the United States,” Perry said. (Wladyslaw Musiienko).
Read the transcript of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry's Nov. 12 remarks at the Diplomatic Academy on the Kyiv Post website