President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is on a working visit to the US, where he is going to participate in the High Level Segment of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. During his visit the Head of State has already met with the Ukrainian Diaspora at the US institute, the Presidential press-service reports.

In his speech Poroshenko noted that today it is very important to continue and intensify sanctions against the Russian Federation.

“Violations of human rights in the occupied territories by Russia, including in relation to the Crimean Tatars, requires the introduction of additional sectoral sanctions. The world must necessarily respond to it. As an example, a good result for us could give a modernized analogue of Jackson-Vanik amendment,” the President said, calling to jointly develop an action plan and work in this direction.

He also stressed that the joint efforts and cooperation with Ukrainians of America, made it possible to restore the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“I am proud to be at the head of such a great nation as the Ukrainians. Once again I convinced of this on August 24, when walking along Khreshchatyk Street, immediately after the parade, I saw tears of happiness and joy of the united Ukraine, and pride in the country,” said the Head of State.

Poroshenko also called the receiving lethal weapons and other military assistance by Ukraine of no less important issue.

“In these two and a half years, we have proved that you can rely on and you can trust us. We have demonstrated that Ukraine has never waged, and will not be conducting wars of conquest. Ukraine has never threatened anybody. And it is perfectly safe to give us lethal weapons. We will fight for our land till the last drop of blood,” he stressed.

The President of Ukraine said that it is unlikely that the aggressor will resort to open invasion since the whole world, including the United States, stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine, including on issues of military cooperation."

September 14, the 71st UN General Assembly session started at its headquarters in New York. Poroshenko is expected to address the General Assembly on September 21. Ukrainian President plans to hold meetings with US President Barack Obama and a candidate for the US presidency of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton.

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