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Aug 25, 2017
Press Release

Recording: Audio

BISMARCK, ND – Congressman Kevin Cramer will extend his international trip next week with a visit to Ukraine.

In addition to attending Expo 2017, an International Fair on “Future Energy” in the city of Astana, Kazakhstan as part of the Presidential Delegation, Cramer will join Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on a trip to Ukraine.

Secretary Perry and a delegation to include Cramer and Ray Washburne will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as well as other Ukrainian officials to discuss improving both countries’ economies through greater energy collaboration. 

 “Any day where I get to promote the North Dakota and the American brand is a good day,” said Cramer. “The United States is at a turning-point for energy exports, and it’s an honor to be at the table discussing next steps with Secretary Perry and many of our key European allies. Through further exports of American oil, gas and coal, we’re solidifying North Dakota as an international energy player for decades to come. At the same time, we’re reducing the world’s dependence on oil coming from hostile nations, such as Iran or Venezuela, and anti-competitive producers, such as OPEC. It’s honestly a win-win for North Dakotans and the American people.”

The visit by the U.S. delegation comes only a matter of weeks after Ukrainian state-run energy company Centrenergo announced a deal to import 700,000 tons of thermal coal from the United States for the very first time. The deal, which was negotiated by U.S. President Trump and Ukrainian President Poroshenko, marks the beginning of what President Trump promises to be a “golden era” for the American energy industry due to increased exports. “This is just the beginning,” said Cramer. “We’ve seen the resurgence of American energy over the last decade – now the training wheels are coming off and we’re about to see what our energy industry can really do as a global powerhouse.”