U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and passed him congratulations from American President Donald Trump on his successful start as the head of State.

“I want to congratulate you. I am very pleased to meet you personally and congratulate you on behalf of President Donald Trump on your very good start as the President of Ukraine”, said Mike Pence during his meeting with Zelensky in Warsaw on September 1. The top officials arrived in the Polish capital to take part in memorial events to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II.

Mr. Pence also noted extremely strong relations between the U.S. and Ukraine as the United States always supports and stands side by side with the people of Ukraine. He said this started back in 2014. Since then, the United States has been strongly supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and Ukrainians. According to Pence, the United States will continue to support the people of Ukraine on security and territorial integrity issues, including Crimea.

For his part, the President of Ukraine thanked his American counterpart. “I want to say thank you to President Trump and express my gratitude to him for his congratulations on my victory”, said Volodymyr Zelensky. In the course of his meeting with Mr. Pence he also assured that all major reforms would be launched in Ukraine already during the first year of his presidency. The Ukrainian President stressed, “Do not want to wait for five years. We plan to start next year the most important reforms that the society is looking forward”.

In commenting on the results of the meeting of Vice President Mike Pence and President Volodymyr Zelensky, the U.S. President’s National Security Advisor John Bolton said that “the US has stood, and will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine on their security and territorial integrity”. He tweeted his comment on Monday, September 2.

“Good being in Poland with the VP. During his meeting with President Zelenskyy, the VP’s message couldn't have been more clear: the US has stood, and will continue to stand, with the people of Ukraine on their security and territorial integrity”, wrote John Bolton.

Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky have planned to meet in Warsaw. However, on August 30, the American President cancelled his planned trip to Poland  in order to control the situation in the country because of moving to Florida Hurricane Dorian.

The newspaper Holos Ukrainy