US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken emphasized the strong bipartisan support of Ukraine from the United States and the priority that the United States gives to the issues of sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Blinken said this in a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.
“He promised to continue to provide active economic and military support to Ukraine,” Price said.
“Secretary Blinken stressed the importance of further progress in the fight against corruption in Ukraine and the implementation of the rule of law and economic reforms that will strengthen Ukraine’s institutions and ensure a bright and prosperous future for all Ukrainians,” the State Department official added.
Price noted that Blinken and Kuleba also discussed Ukraine’s ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 and achieve a diplomatic settlement to Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.
In Kiev, Minister Kuleba positively assessed the conversation.
“In our first conversation, Secretary of State Blinken and I reaffirmed the importance of the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States and agreed to make it more ambitious,” Kuleba tweeted.
The minister added that “a new day begins” in relations between the two countries.
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy expressed gratitude to the United States for “unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
In August, Congress approved $ 250 million in military aid to Ukraine, which has been involved in conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country since 2014.