Secretary Pompeo reiterates unchanged US stance on Crimea, urges Ukraine to fulfill IMF requirements

U.S. State Secretary Michael Pompeo spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Aug. 7 to discuss a range of bilateral issues.

As reported by Censor.NET citng the statement by the U.S. Department of State, Secretary Pompeo reiterated strong U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He emphasized that the United States does not and will never recognize Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea, as he made clear when he released the "Crimea Declaration" on July 25. The Secretary welcomed Ukraine’s recent passage of anticorruption court legislation and the Law on National Security and urged Ukraine to fulfill the outstanding IMF requirements.

The press release made public by the press office of the Ukrainian president early on Aug. 8 says that "the parties commended approaches to further counteraction to Russian aggression and restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity, taking into account recent contacts between the two heads of state."

The parties also emphasized that the policy of sanctions against Russia would be maintained until the restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea. "Attempts by the Russian side to aggravate the situation will further receive an adequate response and increase the price of the ongoing aggression," the statement reads.

Amongh other things, the interlocutors discussed the importance of coordinated actions in the promotion of the deployment of UN peacekeepers throughout the territory of the occupied Donbas, including the return of control over the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border.

Ukraine's president and the U.S. State Secretary confirmed the resolute position of Kyiv and Washington on the existing security challenges resulting from the Nord Stream 2 project.

On July 26, Secretary Pompeo said the United States rejects Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges to maintain this policy until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3080306