Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba revealed details of the updated Strategic Partnership Charter between Ukraine and the United States.
“We agreed on the text with the American side, and there are several things that were fundamentally important for us to lay down in terms of countering Russian aggression. When you see this text and the part devoted to Russian aggression, it will be evidence of the irreversibility of the U.S. policy to support Ukraine in countering Russia and Russian aggression,” the minister said.
He stressed the Charter is a strategic document that will determine for decades the areas that will be developing in relations between Ukraine and the United States.
“That is, theoretically, administrations in the White House may change, but the Charter will continue to operate,” the top diplomat said.
At the same time, Kuleba added, Ukraine and the United States are already working out concrete steps for cooperation not only in the strategic future, but also in the short-term perspective.
“We have already signed this year a security agreement with the United States, and our Ministry of Defense is working with their American colleagues to unbundle them into specific programs and cooperation projects,” Kuleba said.
In this regard, the foreign minister also stressed that during his current visit to Washington, the Ukrainian delegation will also hold meetings at the Pentagon, the U.S. National Security Council, and with expert circles known to influence policy-making in the U.S.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister for European Integration Anatoly Petrenko and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Laura Cooper met at the Pentagon and discussed strengthening Ukrainian defense capabilities, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reports.
“The Pentagon hosted a meeting between Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister for European Integration Anatoly Petrenko and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Laura Cooper. forces of Ukraine with the support of US security,” the statement said.
Ukraine and Western states have recently expressed concern over the alleged intensification of “aggressive actions” by Russia. In April, Washington announced an escalation and movement of troops in Crimea and on the border with Ukraine.
The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the country is moving troops within its territory and at its own discretion. According to him, this does not threaten anyone and should not worry anyone.
At the same time, back in the second half of April, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that Russian troops involved in a surprise check in the south and west of the country began to return to their units. The head of the department, Sergei Shoigu, ordered to return them to their places of permanent deployment by May 1.
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