Representatives of the Ukrainian caucus in the US Congress - Democrats Marcy Kaptur, Andy Harris, Mike Quigley, and Republican Brian Fitzpatrick - prepared a statement on US-Russian talks in Geneva, urging the country's leadership not to allow speculation on Ukraine's European integration aspirations. The text of the document was published by Axios editor Zach Bass on Twitter.
"We applaud the reiteration of America’s commitment to security cooperation with Ukraine, as well as NATO’s open-door policy. Ukraine’s aspiration to join the European community of democratic nations should not be a bargaining chip held by those who wish to her harm," the congresspeople stress.
Ukraine and its top supporters in Congress continue to insist that Nord Stream 2 is inextricably tied to the security situation with Russia, even as the Biden administration and Germany try to de-link the two. pic.twitter.com/lucxjuh7zS— Zach Basu (@zacharybasu) January 11, 2022
They also noted that Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity are still under threat. A group of American parliamentarians called on the US authorities to increase military assistance to Ukraine to counter Russian aggression, as well as to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
As it was reported, the first round of talks between the United States and Russia ended in Geneva on the evening of January 9. The meeting lasted two hours. The second round of dialogue began on January 10 and lasted more than 7.5 hours. The meeting took place at the US Permanent Mission in Geneva. During the consultations, the parties took a break several times.
Earlier, the White House informed that the representatives from Moscow and NATO are expected to meet on January 12.
Moreover, a summit between Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which includes the United States, is scheduled for January 13.