The U.S. reaffirmed support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity

The U.S. reaffirmed support for Ukraine's territorial integrity

Secretary of State Blinken said this in a phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken emphasized the strong bipartisan U.S. support for Ukraine and the priority U.S. gives to Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

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 strong economic and military support to Ukraine,” Price said.

“Secretary Blinken emphasized the importance of continued progress in combating corruption in Ukraine and implementing 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 praised the conversation.

“In our first conversation, Secretary Blinken and I confirmed the importance of the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States and agreed to make it more ambitious,” Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

The minister added that a “new day” begins in the relationship between the two countries.

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy expressed gratitude to the U.S. for “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

In August, Congress approved $250 million in military aid for Ukraine, which has been embroiled in a conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country since 2014.