The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin discussed during a meeting in Washington with U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson issues of cooperation in combating Russian aggression.
“We talked about contacts and how we will work together in the near future in the sphere of our counter Russian aggression”, – Klimkin told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.
According to him, during the meeting it was confirmed that the Ukrainian question in any case will not be bargaining in the context of other issues. “Very clearly there was the thesis that there can be in no way any formal, informal, and fantastic mythological exchanges. That is, the question of Ukraine will not be resolved in the context of other issues,” – said the Minister.
“Ukraine is fundamentally important to the United States,” – said Klimkin.
In addition, the Minister said that he discussed with U.S. Secretary of state, “what can we do to change the situation with the fulfillment by Russia of the Minsk agreements.” “We discussed several options, we will continue to discuss them, but today I want to say very clearly: the United States will remain the most engaged in this process. Additional details – in the nearest future”, – said Klimkin.
In turn, the press service of the foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported about the meeting between the Ukrainian Minister and the U.S. Secretary of state. In particular, Klimkin expressed gratitude for the solidarity of the United States in the struggle of Ukraine against Russian aggression.
“The consistent practical support provided by the United States allowed Ukraine to achieve substantial progress in carrying out comprehensive socio-economic transformation and the reform of the security sector and defense”, – the press service quoted the Minister.
Tillerson noted that the United States will continue to support Ukraine, and U.S. sanctions against Russia will remain in force until the full implementation of the Minsk agreement, stop the aggression and to de-occupation of Donbas and Crimea.
“The two sides also agreed to work on the preparation of the meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and the USA”, – is told in the message a press-services.