On April 13, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba and U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken discussed all aspects of the Russian escalation that continues in occupied territories of Ukraine along the Russian-Ukrainian border and information space as the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported.
The State Secretary assured that the U.S. continues to stand with Ukraine in its counteraction to the Russian aggression and fight for the restoration of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The diplomats of both countries agreed on the necessity to assume joint efforts for deterrence of Moscow from further escalation and any military affairs and discussed a number of steps at this direction.
Kuleba and Blinken agreed that Moscow should immediately stop the provocations, reduce tension at the border and confirm the commitment to the ceasefire regime in the east of Ukraine.
The leaders of the foreign departments have discussed the ways of more active involvement of the U.S. in the process of political and diplomatic settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict.
Dmytro Kuleba and Antony Blinken paid special attention to effective ways of deepening of military and political cooperation and extension of the strategic partnership of Ukraine and the U.S.
Besides, they also discussed inner transformations of Ukraine, particularly those needed for NATO membership.
Earlier, HATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Russia should stay away from issues related to Ukraine's aspirations to join the NATO.
As we reported, the U.S. sent two missile destroyers Donald Cook and Roosevelt to the Black Sea. In its turn, Russia stated that the entrance of the U.S. vessels in the Black Sea is a provocation and they should stay away from Crimea.