The United States have never recognized Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and never will. James Mattis said, the Head of Pentagon, said that on the briefing in Kyiv after the talks with the Ukrainian President Poroshenko.
“We are not accepting and never will accept annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation and undermining of the internationally established borders by Russia. Actually Russia agreed to seize fire under Minsk agreement and agreed to withdraw its troops, to provide further cooperation to ensure security in Europe in frames of Minsk agreement,” Mattis said.
It should be noted that this is the first visit of the U.S. Secretary of Defense to Ukraine within last 10 years. The visit was discussed during Poroshenko’s visit to the United States.
Mattis also spoke of his intention to give his further recommendations.
“Speaking about lethal weapons, we are considering the issue. When I return back home, taking into account everything I saw and knew, I will inform the country’s leadership on very specific things, htat I could recommend to implement,” said James Mattis.
Ukrainian President underlined that the cooperation between United States and Ukraine is a top priority.
“I am still under the strong impression of the meeting in the United States and its tonality, level of trust, openness, honesty of our dialogue. From the first minutes of our communication in Washington I felt that the Secretary is a real friend of Ukraine. I said that it is a symbolic sign for me that among a number of watches in his cabinet the watches with Kyiv time was right in front of him, which characterizes the priorities of cooperation with Ukraine.