President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko counts on cooperation with the Administration of President-elect Donald Trump.\r\nPresident Poroshenko announced this at a joint briefing with Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden in Kyiv, Ukrainian News Agency reports.\r\n"I would like to express sincere gratitude for the advices and assistance to a good friend, Vice President Biden, and to the present U.S. administration. We really count on the succession by the new U.S. administration in our common work," said Poroshenko.\r\nPresident Poroshenko thanked the United States for the decision to extend the sanctions against the Russian Federation. Poroshenko said the sanctions should remain until the restoration of the territorial integrity of the country.\r\n"I emphasize that these sanctions must remain until full restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, including Crimea," he said.\r\nPresident Poroshenko voiced willingness to have a fruitful and efficient cooperation with the new U.S. administration. He also expressed hope that "the Ukrainian issue will further unite the entire American political spectrum and remain among the top priorities."\r\n"I appreciate the first encouraging signal from the Senate meeting with candidates for the posts of the Secretary of State (Rex) Tillerson and the Defense Secretary (James) Mattis. Yes, today's aggressive Russia is the main threat both for the United States and Ukraine. Yes, Russia invaded Ukrainian territories and occupied Crimea and partially Donbas. Crimea is Ukraine. And we are grateful that the representatives of new administration clearly adhere to these positions," said President Poroshenko.\r\nHe emphasized that the introduction and continuation of sanctions was not the main goal, but the tool to make the aggressor take part in the negotiations and fulfill the undertaken commitments.\r\nAs Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on 16 January 2017, Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden arrived in Ukraine to hold meetings with President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman.