The Minister hopes to build a mutually beneficial relationship.
The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis during his visit to Ukraine intends to reaffirm the strategic partnership between Washington and Kiev.
He stated this on Sunday, August 20, according to the website of the Pentagon. “I’m going to Ukraine to celebrate Ukraine’s independence Day, and just to make sure they know that we are aware of values and what they are trying to collect from the history that they had. It is not easy to make democracy. It is not easy to create a sovereign state, especially now, when Russia is violating the territorial integrity. So 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.
He also recalled that at the same time, will arrive in Kiev 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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