Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Vice-Prime-Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, and Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.S. Valery Chaly discussed the enhancement of sanction pressure on Russia with American Senator from the Republican Party Suzanne Collins, as Ukraine’s Embassy to the U.S. reported on Facebook.
The Ukrainian side expressed hope that the U.S. Senate would support the adoption of additional laws to enhance sanctions pressure on Russia as a reaction to the recent decision of Russia to issue passports to Ukrainians who live on temporary occupied territories and for its illegal actions against the Ukrainian state, including Azov Sea and Black Sea waters.
The parties have discussed the necessity to take decisive steps to release Ukraine’s naval vessels kept by Russia in Kerch Strait and all the other political prisoners of the Kremlin.
They also discussed cooperation of Ukraine and the U.S. within counterwork of the construction of Nord Stream 2.
Earlier, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said that enhancement of NATO presence in the Black Sea region might deter aggression of the Russian Federation.
Besides, she added that Russia blocked actions aimed at the release of the Ukrainian sailors before elections intentionally.