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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Discussion with President Yanukovych

The President and Ukrainian President Yanukovych spoke today at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea.  President Obama expressed appreciation to President Yanukovych and the  Ukrainian people for the complete removal of highly enriched uranium from their country as a sign of Ukraine’s continuing courageous leadership on nuclear security.  The leaders  agreed this is an important step towards securing all vulnerable nuclear materials and is an important milestone for global security.  The President underscored the importance of  demonstrating the vitality of Ukrainian democracy by ensuring free, fair, and transparent parliamentary elections in October.  The President also raised U.S. concerns about selective prosecutions of the political opposition.