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Mattis intends to reaffirm the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the USA

Мэттис намерен подтвердить стратегическое партнерство Украины и СШАThe priority in solving Ukrainian problems is given diplomatic means, said the head of the Pentagon.

The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis told journalists that during visit to Ukraine, August 24, intends to reaffirm the strategic partnership between Washington and Kiev, reports the press service of the defense Ministry of the USA.

“I’m going to go to a parade there in independence Day, and I plan to meet with President Poroshenko and defense Minister Poltorak, and to emphasize our commitment to a strategic partnership and our support for their sovereignty and territorial integrity and to give advice on capacity building of its forces,” said Mattis.

The head of the Pentagon has reminded, that the priority in solving Ukrainian problems is given diplomatic means, noting that Kiev will be visited by the special representative of the United States Ukraine Kurt Volker.

“As in many other places in the world, now I support diplomatic leadership, the efforts of the Secretary of state Tillerson to work with our allies in NATO and Ukraine and to continue to insist on the fulfillment of Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements. And this includes an immediate ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons and unhindered access of OSCE observers,” – said the Minister of defense.

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