Channel 1 Los Angeles
31 January 2020 Ukraine
Visit Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo
We have maintained support for Ukraine’s efforts to join NATO and move closer to the European Union. We have revived the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission. In July of 2018, we released the Crimea Declaration, which clearly stated that Crimea is part of Ukraine and the United States will never recognize Russia’s attempts to annex it.
Last March, along with our partners in Canada and the EU, we coordinated sanctions in response to the unprovoked Russian attack on the Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait. And this December, we advanced sanctions legislation directed at Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which, if construction, will give the Kremlin a free hand to destabilize Ukraine. And since January of 2017, we have provided more than $1 billion in security assistance.
This commitment continues. We’ll maintain support for a diplomatic solution to the Russia-instigated conflict in east Ukraine, and we’ll maintain financial support for Ukraine’s security. We will never accept anything less than the full restoration of Ukraine’s control over its sovereign territory.
President Zelenskyy and I also had the chance to discuss trade and investment opportunities. They continue to expand. The more transparent and predictable business climate that is here in Ukraine, the more American investment that will be attracted. Western companies are great business partners because they embrace the rule of law – the very things that President Zelenskyy and Ukrainians are fighting for. I know their confidence to invest here will continue to grow as Ukraine complies with its IMF commitments.
Finally, I was pleased by the recent decisions by the Greek and Alexandrian Orthodox Churches to recognize the Orthodox Church of Ukraine as a fellow autocephalous church. Russia should never stand in the way of the Ukrainian people’s fundamental right to exercise their religious freedom. The Ukrainians can count on American support in that regard.