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U.S. to insist on united response to Russia's aggression within NATO, - State Department

The U.S. supports Ukraine in the protection of the national sovereignty and territorial integrity
10:57, 4 December 2018

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The U.S. to raise the issue about the incident in Kerch Strait at the meeting of the Foreign Ministers NATO member states, as the representative of the U.S. State Department said, Interfax reported.

“We have been cooperating with the European allies closely within the past few days both in NATO and EU formats… We want our allies to show that they take leading positions. This issue is much closer to their home than to ours,” the diplomat said.

Related: More than 33,000 people became victims of Russia’s armed aggression, - Poroshenko

“There are lots of things which the U.S. has done and will continue doing for the Ukrainians, but we want to make sure that we will end this week on a common position, which we develop with our allies to have a coherent response,” the representative of the State Department said.

He stated that the U.S. supported Ukraine in the protection of the national sovereignty and territorial integrity and would like “the European allies to take responsibility for the security issue which is in 200 miles away from Germany’s border”.

Related: Ukrainian diaspora in London protests against Russian aggression in Sea of Azov

A bipartisan resolution which condemns Russian aggression in the Kerch Strait was presented to the U.S. Congress, which the Senate approved earlier, as Ukraine’s Embassy in the U.S. reported.

The document contains a call to Moscow for releasing captured Ukrainian vessels and sailors.

Besides, it contains support of the official Kyiv and condemnation of any military actions of Russia taken to rewrite the international rules.

Related: Ukraine expresses protest against Russia at IMO over Russia's aggression in Azov

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