U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has met with Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti during his visit to Kyiv for the inauguration of new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The U.S. White House said in a statement that, during the meeting on June 7, Biden announced an additional $8 million in assistance to Moldova, pending consultations with the U.S. Congress.
The assistance is to support Moldova's European choice and mitigate vulnerabilities to external pressure.
The White House said the package will build upon $2.7 million in U.S. assistance announced on March 3 which is helping Moldovan businesses to increase productivity and competiveness so they are better positioned to take advantage of European markets.
When added to funds previously budgeted, the United States is providing approximately $31 million in assistance to Moldova this year.
While in Kyiv, Biden also met Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.
The White House said that, during the meeting, Biden announced an additional $5 million in assistance for Georgia, pending consultations with the U.S. Congress.
This assistance will help individuals affected by Russia’s "borderization" of the Administrative Boundary Lines (ABLs) of Georgia's occupied territories, increase access to independent information in the region, promote national unity, and help Tbilisi conduct reforms to strengthen justice sector institutions.
This follows the $1.5 million ABL assistance announced by Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership meeting on February 26.
When added to funds previously budgeted, Washington is now providing approximately $65 million in assistance to Georgia this year.