Blinken, Kuleba discuss development of US-Ukraine strategic partnership

Canan Kevser
06 May 2021, 16:33
Canan Kevser
06 May 2021, 16:33

United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba, within the framework of his working visit to Ukraine on May 6.

"The Ukrainian and American foreign affairs officials discussed the development of a strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States in the political and security spheres. In particular, strengthening Ukraine's defence capabilities in the fight against Russian aggression and U.S. support for Ukraine's anti-corruption efforts," the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.

Parties exchanged diplomatic views

The counterparts paid particular attention to the effective involvement of the United States in diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict in close coordination with Germany and France as parties to the Normandy format.

The heads of diplomatic missions exchanged views on a possible meeting between the presidents of the United States and Russia and agreed to coordinate locations in preparation for it. 

On behalf of U.S. President Joseph Biden, the Secretary of State reaffirmed strong support for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. He declared that the United States is ready to join the Ukrainian initiative of the Crimean Platform and take part in its constituent summit.

Dmitry Kuleba and Anthony Blinken noted that the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukrainian border not eliminated the threat of further aggravation by Russia; and agreed on the necessity to continue to closely monitor Russia's actions.

Strategic partnership between Ukraine and US

The parties paid special attention to the energy security of Europe and Ukraine, in particular Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. They expressed a common interest in developing cooperation between Ukraine and the United States in the field of energy.

The Secretary of State reaffirmed the readiness of the United States to continue to fully support Ukraine's efforts to implement internal transformations for successful Euro-Atlantic integration and to continue Ukraine's cooperation with the IMF.

They also discussed Ukraine's further integration into NATO, which is important for the security of Central Europe, the Black Sea region and the Euro-Atlantic area in general.

Blinken and Kuleba exchanged views on cooperation between Ukraine and the United States in overcoming key global issues, such as combating the COVID-19 pandemic, combating climate change, and protecting human rights.