Letter to PM Arseniy from Senator Dick

June 25, 2015

Mr. Arseniy Yatesenuk
Prime Minister of Ukraine
12/2 Hrushevsky Street
01008 Kiev, Ukraine

Dear Prime Minister Yatsenyuk:

I write to assure you that the U.S. Senate extends its trust in you and shares your concerns over the ongoing dismissal by President Petro Poroshenko of key figures in Ukrainan leadership who have been entirely committed to promoting democracy in your country. I concur, it is necessary to invest every effort to keep Oleksiy Pavlenko in his office of Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food. His discharge will create additional obstacles on the way of widening cooperation between the U.S. and Ukrainian agricultrual companies. I also consider if of utmost importance to make sure Yuriy Nedashkovsky remains President of Energoatom Company. It is largely due to his efficient work that Ukraine has an opportunity to intensify cooperation with foreign partners in the field of nuclear energy production.

Besides, I like to inform you that the U.S. Senate Ukraine Caucus has considered your proposals regarding Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Volodynyr Demshychyn and head of Ukrgasvydobuvannya Company Sergei Kostyuk. Majority of the Senaors agree that neither Mr. Demshychyn nor Mr. Kostyuk meets the job requirements. Yet, there is no clear-cut solution to the problem of Mr. Avakov. Senators differ in their opinions. I consider it appropriate to postpone the issue for some time.


Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator