Ukraine to strengthen cooperation with U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

It intends to develop the electronic exchange of tax information with the IRS. This was announced following a meeting in Washington between  First Deputy Prime Minister, Economy Minister Oleksiy Liubchenko, and the IRS management, the Economy Ministry’s press service reported. “The importance of such an exchange is difficult to overestimate, because, for example, transfer pricing rates cover transactions worth almost $3.5 billion with 152 U.S. counterparties,” Liubchenko said. He also emphasized the need to exchange experience in the field of

US-Ukrainian border security cooperation enhanced.

Ukraine’s State Border Service and the US Customs and Border Protection concluded an agreement on the use of information about travelers. Ukraine will be assisted in the deployment of the ATS-GLOBAL Automated Targeting System, which is an effective risk analysis tool. Appropriate hardware and software will facilitate the quality screening of travelers and the identification of persons at high risk of involvement in terrorist threats or cross-border crime, as well as the identification of international criminals.

Media note concerns and expectations surrounding Biden-Zelenskiy summit.

Typically, The Financial Times writes “Afghanistan withdrawal heightens Zelensky’s fears of dwindling support from Washington,” and that the Ukrainian president “will be desperate for military and economic aid to demonstrate that the Biden administration will not abandon his country as it has Afghanistan.”  In the same article, Andy Hunder, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, said: “Large US investors are watching Zelensky’s White House visit closely because future investment depends on Ukraine’s security situation, geopolitics and assurances

US State Department is asking Congress for $255 million in aid to Ukraine for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

“U.S. assistance will strengthen Ukraine’s ability to counter Russian aggression, reads the Ukraine section in the 168-page Congressional Budget Justification. “Funding will accelerate reforms to address corruption, enhance transparency and accountability, including by expanding e-government initiatives, advance institutional reforms and training necessary for European integration.” US taxpayer money will also focus on reforming Naftogaz, supporting the OSCE mission in Ukraine, and Covid-19 ‘vaccine hesitancy.’