Russia has started a conflict in eastern Ukraine and is currently obstructing its peaceful settlement, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced during a joint press briefing with Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran.
"Let's be clear that Russia started this war and Russia is the obstacle to peaceful resolution [of the conflict]. And they can start by respecting Ukrainian sovereignty and its territorial integrity," the US Secretary of Defense said.
According to him, the United States will make every effort to support Ukraine.
In turn, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran assured that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are fully ready to continue to defend their borders. He also added that Ukraine expects the United States to "keep Russia from further aggression."
"America's means of influence are diplomatic, military, and military-technical assistance. All of that we are currently receiving from the United States," Taran said.
As it was reported earlier, today, on October 19, the working visit of the delegation of the United States Department of Defense headed by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin began.