U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met in Kyiv on Wednesday with Ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the party Batkivshchyna (Fatherland).
He congratulated Tymoshenko on her release and said he was confident that her reengagement in political affairs would help stabilize the situation in Ukraine. He also conveyed congratulations from Secretary of State John Kerry. Tymoshenko thanked the United States for its efforts aimed at supporting democracy and peace in Ukraine. Tymoshenko and Burns discussed the situation in Ukraine and exchanged opinions on ways to overcome the crisis. The day before, Burns met with MP Arseniy Yatseniuk, leader of the Batkivshchyna faction in parliament and a likely candidate for the post of Prime Minister, to discuss the current situation in Ukraine. On behalf of the U.S. government Burns expressed understanding and support for the first steps taken by Ukraine's new leadership. He said that the United States was ready to cooperate with Ukraine's new government in an effort to achieve peace in the country, realize the Ukrainian people's European aspirations, and carry out the reforms demanded by peaceful protestors. Burns and Yatsenyuk also discussed the current situation in Ukraine. They agreed that achieving security and stabilizing the economic situation in the state must be the topmost priorities for the new Ukrainian leadership.