I congratulate the Ukrainian people on the conduct yesterday of free and fair elections to their Rada, in accordance with international standards for democratic elections. These elections set a new standard on which to build Ukraine’s future.

We look forward to continuing and deepening our partnership with Ukraine on the basis of a continued reform process for the development of the rule of law, the transformation of society, the strengthening of democracy and the building of a market economy.

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