Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The foreign ministers agreed on further steps to be taken by Ukraine and the United States, in particular concerning further diplomatic contacts with the Russian Federation in the format of the NATO-Russia Council and the OSCE Permanent Council.
The parties underscored their mutual commitment to the diplomatic principle of “no agreements on Ukraine without Ukraine.”
Kuleba and Blinken discussed the implementation of a comprehensive package of deterrence against further aggression, including tough economic sanctions against Russia and the practical strengthening of the defence capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Secretary of State reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Kuleba thanked the United States for its support and lauded the unity of Kyiv’s and Washington’s positions against the background of Russian threats and ultimatums.
The minister stressed that Ukraine continued to work actively towards consolidating partners amid the threat of further Russian aggression, and the United States remained the number one security partner of our country.
“Thanks to active diplomatic efforts, Ukraine has strong international support. There is a growing understanding among our partners that the Euro-Atlantic area will be safe only when Ukraine is safe. Together we are actively implementing this security formula. The talks in Geneva proved that our strength is in the unity and coherence of positions against the background of Russian ultimatums,” Kuleba stressed.