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U.S. upholds Ukraine in fight against Russian aggression, -  U.S. Secretary of State

The White House works on termination of building the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, expecting Ukraine to join the NATO
10:10, 17 November 2018
U.S. Department of State

Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State promised the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin assistance of the United States in the fight against the Russian aggression. It was mentioned in the joint statement of the diplomats based on the talks of the U.S.-Ukraine strategic partnership commission. 

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‘The United States condemned Russia’s aggressive actions against international shipping transiting the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait to Ukrainian ports. Both sides underscored that Russia’s aggressive activities in the Sea of Azov have brought new security, economic, social, and environmental threats to the entire Azov-Black Sea region. 

The United States confirmed its commitment to maintain sanctions against Russia related to its aggression against Ukraine until Russia fully implements the Minsk agreements and returns Crimea to Ukrainian control. 

The United States welcomed Ukraine’s prolongation of the law on special order of self-government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on October 4, highlighted the many steps Ukraine has taken to implement the Minsk agreements, and called on Russia to fulfill its commitments under the agreements. The United States and Ukraine demanded the immediate release of all Ukrainian political prisoners unjustly held in Russia and the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, including Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Volodymyr Balukh, Server Mustafaiev, Emir-Usein Kuku, and many others. 

The two sides condemned the illegal so-called “elections” in Russia-controlled Donbas on November 11. The sides reiterated these sham elections, orchestrated by Russia, contravene Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements and flout UNSC Resolution 2202 (2015). 

The United States welcomed Ukraine’s NATO aspirations, reaffirmed by the 2008 Bucharest Declaration, and looked forward to one day welcoming Ukraine into the Alliance. 

 The United States and Ukraine underscored that securing Ukraine’s European future and safeguarding the country from Russian malign influences requires continued reform and strong democratic institutions, in particular a free press, vibrant civil society, and an independent judiciary delivering impartial justice,’ reads the claim.  

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‘We don’t want our European friends to fall victim to the political and economic manipulations undertaken by Russia in Ukraine when it dropped its Soviet shackles,’ Mike Pompeo claimed. 

The Head of the Department of State stressed that Ukraine has no great friend than the United States in the struggle to preserve its national sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression.

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