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The head of the State Department on Friday will hold talks in Kiev with political and public leaders of Ukraine
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Kiev on January 31 and hold talks with representatives of the Ukrainian leadership on expanding and strengthening relations between the United States and Ukraine, as well as on jointly confronting the threat of influence from Russia. This is stated in a message published on Thursday by the State Department..
In the Ukrainian capital, the head of the State Department will meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Foreign Minister Vadim Prystaiko and Defense Minister Andrei Zagorodnyuk. At the talks, the Secretary of State plans to emphasize that the United States continues to strongly support Ukraine and the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration..
The Secretary of State will also meet with Metropolitan Epiphanius, Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, leaders of public opinion and business representatives, and will also take part in a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of Ukrainians who have become victims of the conflict in Donbass, defending their homeland from Russian aggression.
The State Department statement emphasizes that the United States and Ukraine share a desire for democratic values, sovereignty and prosperity. Since December 25, 1991, when the United States recognized Ukraine’s independence, Washington has always “supported the aspirations of the Ukrainian people to build an independent, democratic, prosperous … Ukraine, united around core Euro-Atlantic values, secured within internationally recognized borders and stable to Russian aggression, “the statement reads..
The State Department recalled the joint work being carried out in Washington and Kiev to combat Russian influence. The United States supports Ukraine in countering Russian aggression and disinformation campaigns, helping the country fight corruption. Since 2014, the United States has provided a total of over $ 3.3 billion in assistance to Ukraine, both in the field of security and in other areas. In addition, the United States has provided three government-guaranteed loans three times during this time for $ 1 billion each..
The United States still considers Crimea to be part of Ukraine, and Russian attempts to annex the peninsula will never be recognized as legitimate. The Trump administration has taken unprecedented steps to hold Russia accountable for its actions in Ukraine. Since January 2017, the US authorities have imposed sanctions on 168 people and companies in connection with the Crimean annexation.
On the eve of the first anniversary since the announcement of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the United States thanked Metropolitan Epiphanius for ensuring the openness of the church for all Orthodox believers, the State Department said in a statement..
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