The relations between Ukraine and the United States are forming as those of strategic importance, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said during his joint press conference with US Vice President Joe Biden in Kyiv Tuesday, UKRINFORM correspondent reported.

In Yushchenko's words, the Ukraine - US relations are developing rather actively, and are based on a solid legal ground, including the Strategic Partnership Charter of December 2008, the bilateral action plan and the road-map signed in early 2008.

Yushchenko thanked Biden for the US support to Ukraine in its cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.

The President noted that, in discussing the third tranche for Ukraine, a package of economic reforms was suggested to Ukraine. Yushchenko called it rather complicated.

He also said he had discussed with Biden on Tuesday energy security, nuclear safety at Ukrainian NPPs, and diversification of atomic fuel. "We must rationally use our energy resources; the gas sector reform policy is also needed. Exactly on the basis of this reform Ukraine stands a chance to make her energy policy independent," the President said.


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