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U.S. hopes Zelensky could activate Normandy talks process, - Pompeo

Washington did not drop its intentions to arm Ukraine, - U.S. Secretary of the State
08:05, 6 September 2019

Mike Pompeo
Voice of America

The United States hopes that the change of leadership in Ukraine will give a new impetus in the peace talks to solve Donbas conflict in the Normandy format. Besides, Washington did not refuse from its intentions to provide Ukraine with defensive weaponry. Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of the State said this in the exclusive interview for The Daily Signal.

Speaking about the negotiation process within the Normandy format, Pompeo said he was optimistic about President Zelensky's capability of "re-energizing" the said process.

“We’re very engaged in trying to find the right set of outcomes. We hope that this can be resolved. We do hope, too, that [the] Normandy Format will be re-energized by this change in leadership in Ukraine. We are hopeful that new leadership in Ukraine will open a new chapter in this conversation. They can get us to a better outcome … deliver what President Trump has set out as our series of objectives there,” he said.

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At that, Pompeo noted that the de-escalation of situation in Donbas depends on Russia's certain steps. He added that the release of 24 captured Ukrainian sailors would become a good start for negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.

The Daily Signal went on, stating that the U.S. administration still considers the idea of arming Ukraine with defensive weaponry.

"For its part, the Trump administration approved delivery of Javelin anti-tank missiles and sniper systems to Ukraine, reversing an Obama-era refusal to send lethal arms. On Trump’s watch, the U.S. also has approved delivery of decommissioned Coast Guard cutters and other military hardware to Ukraine", reads the story.

Related: Negotiations regarding Normandy Format meeting held in Germany

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