Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with a delegation of U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee headed by its leadership Thomas Goffus who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy from May 2017 to October 2018.
The Deputy Prime Minister thanked the American side for its consistent support of Ukraine, in particular , for the decision made in 2019 to increase the amount of funds for the implementation of assistance programs to our state, which significantly strengthen Ukraine's ability to withstand Russian aggression. She also urged not to halt sanctions pressure on Russia especially in the context of violence in international waters near the Kerch Strait.
"Russia's aggressive actions in the Black Sea region undermine regional and international security and jeopardize international law and relevant bilateral agreements. Such actions require increased international pressure on the Kremlin. I expect close attention from the U.S. to this situation and further condemnation of the Russian armed attack on Ukrainian sailors near Kerch", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stressed.
In turn, Thomas Goffus assured that the United States fully supports Ukraine in implementation of democratic reforms amid the pressure of the Russian Federation and praised the progress made by Ukraine.
"Ukraine has taken the right position and is moving in the right direction. We are convinced that Ukraine's success is the nest weapon in confrontation with Russia and we intend to invest heavily in this. The whole world saw that Russia's actions in the Kerch Strait were a provocation. Definitely such behavior is unacceptable. We are searching for ways to extend and strengthen sanctions against the Kremlin", American government official emphasized.
In turn, Thomas Goffus welcomed the amendments to the Constitution regarding the strategic course toward full membership in the European Union and NATO and stressed that this a good sign for the future of Ukraine.
"Achievement of NATO standards and compliance with the criteria of membership are major tasks of security and defense reform. Our goal is to become a member of the Alliance. The full implementation of the Law "On National Security" is a roadmap on this path. We expressed a clear desire to become a part of the Western world. I hope that the positive dynamics of deepening cooperation with Ukraine will also be promising and mutually beneficial for the U.S. and European institutions ", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze underscored.