President Petro Poroshenko and the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker discussed the consequences of the Russian aggression in the waters of the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov and threats for the regional security, reports the press office of the Presidential Administration.
‘The sides talked about the effects of Russia’s aggressive acts in the Azov-Kerch waters and the existing threats for the regional security. The necessity of powerful answer for the act of aggression of Russia against Ukraine, in order to prevent the occupation of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait by the Kremlin, was discussed,’ reads the message.
Poroshenko and Volker coordinated approaches egarding the continuation of the international pressure on Russia, which should provide clear respect for the freedom of navigation, as well as the immediate and unconditional release of the captured sailors and ships of Ukraine.
The sides talked about the latest developments in Donbas. In particular, the importance of further coordinated actions regarding the prospects for the deployment of an international peacekeeping mission under a UN mandate throughout the occupied territory of Donbass was emphasized, according to the press service of the President.
‘The interlocutors expressed confidence that international sanctions against Russia and the prospects for strengthening them, including the act of aggression in the Kerch Strait, remain an important element of a peaceful resolution of the situation and deterrence of Russian aggression against Ukraine,’ reads the message.
It is noted that the parties drew attention to prospects of strengthening the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the U.S., cooperation in the area of security and defense, as well as support for the further introduction of reforms in Ukraine.