Kurt Volker on support of Ukraine: U.S. here for long haul

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the State Department Special Representative, the United States will continue to support a peaceful and democratic Ukraine.
13:04, 20 April 2019

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Kurt Volker, the special representative of the U.S. State Department to Ukraine, said that the United States will continue to support our country. This is stated in his message on Twitter.

“In advance of Sunday’s election I wanted to reiterate that the U.S. is here for the long haul and we’re here to support a peaceful, strong, democratic, prosperous, secure, Ukraine that sees its borders and territories, including Crimea, fully restored,” he wrote.

Earlier Volker declared that the forceful return of Crimea is a completely excluded option. He also completely ruled out direct negotiations with the militants of Donbas.

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He also mentioned that the United States in its support of Ukraine amid war remains open for new arms transfers to Kyiv.

"Ukraine has indicated an interest in acquiring more of (the American anti-tank weapons, - ed.) — that is possible. We also need to be looking at things like air defense and coastal defense. Anti-sniper systems (Barrett M82s) is something that U.S. has already provided. It is reasonable and necessary for Ukraine to have a modern capability to defend itself and prevent further aggression against its territory,” Kurt Volker said.

He also stressed that NATO remains totally supportive of Ukraine’s war effort and considers Ukraine’s full membership in the organization possible.

“But that doesn’t mean that is imminent. And that is because a country needs to meet all the standards for NATO — democracy, civil control of the military, reform, anti-corruption, contribution to common security, reform in the military establishment, in the defense sector generally, — so there’s a lot to do. In some ways, it’s up to how quickly Ukraine can progress on all of these issues. It is also up to NATO making by consensus as to when they feel appropriate time would be to actually extend a formal invitation. I can’t predict when that would happen — what is important is that NATO has declared willingness in principle and that Ukraine keep progressing in meeting those standards along the way, and when the time is right, it will be possible to do,” Volker noted.

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