“Your work as defense minister of Ukraine over half a year has been effective. The number of aircraft that flew over Ukrainian cities to mark Day of the Air Force of Ukraine is the best confirmation of this. You proved to everyone that despite the problems, the authorities are doing everything to ensure a reliable defense of citizens. I congratulate you on the results you’ve achieved as defense minister of Ukraine,” Lugar said at a meeting with Salamatin, according to the Defense Ministry’s press service.
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft, Head of the Secretariat of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Kenneth A. Myers, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Andrew C. Weber, and U.S. military attaches accredited in Ukraine also took part in the meeting. The sides discussed the current state and development prospects of cooperation between Ukraine and the United States in the defense sphere aimed at expanding of bilateral cooperation.
Salamatin briefed the U.S. delegation on the key aspects of reform in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.