Territorial integrity of Ukraine is a priority for the United States
The Future of U.S.-Ukraine Relations: A Conversation with H.E Dmytro Kuleba
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KYIV – The United States will continue to provide strong economic and military assistance to Ukraine.
As noted in the statement of an official representative of the US State Department, this was discussed on February 1 during a telephone conversation between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.
“The Secretary of State focused on the strong bipartisan support for Ukraine and on what is a priority for the United States – sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Ukraine,” on the website of the US Department of State.
The US Foreign Minister stressed the importance of Ukraine’s preservation of progress in the fight against corruption and the implementation of the rule of law and economic reforms that will strengthen Ukraine’s institutions and ensure a bright and prosperous future for all Ukrainians..
The interlocutors also discussed Ukraine’s ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 and achieve a diplomatic settlement to Russia’s aggression in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, the US Department of State reported..
The information of the Ukrainian side confirms the “importance” of maintaining progress in economic reforms in Ukraine, ensuring the rule of law and conducting judicial reform, strengthening the system of anti-corruption institutions.
“Anthony Blinken assured Dmitry Kuleba of the readiness of the new US administration to develop strong economic and military support for Ukraine, including the provision of lethal weapons,” the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine says..
Dmitry Kuleba noted that Ukraine would welcome the strengthening of the role of the United States in diplomatic processes to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict and de-occupation of Donbass and Crimea.
“Russia must feel that the cost of aggression is too high to continue,” the Ukrainian minister stressed..
The parties paid special attention to joint efforts to counter hybrid threats and disinformation.
The interlocutors confirmed the importance of strengthening the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States, mutual intention to make it more ambitious.
“A new day is beginning in our relationship,” said Dmitry Kuleba.
Political scientist Oleg Ponomar believes that the policy of the new US administration will be much more active than it has been so far.
“What Blinken Kulebe said is an advance payment, this is a positive signal: we are ready to help you, but much will depend on how you act,” Oleg Ponomar told the Voice of America correspondent.
He believes that there are several “pain points” in the relationship between Ukraine and the United States..
“The operation with the Wagnerites was a failure, there was no fight against corruption – Ukraine is ruled by an oligarchy and America knows it. There is a rollback in the fight against corruption due to the adoption of decisions in the Constitutional Court “, – says Oleg Ponomar.
At the same time, he says that President Joe Biden is a great friend of Ukraine, he strongly supports Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression, “the reforms that were carried out under Petro Poroshenko and the country’s course towards NATO and the EU.”.
According to Oleg Ponomar, the idea of Ukraine to expand the Normandy format with the possible participation of the United States is “wonderful, but not yet real.”.
“If America joined the Normandy format, and from the“ four ”, it would become the“ five ”- the consent of all members of the format is needed, but as long as there is only the consent and desire of Ukraine, Russia will definitely be categorically against it,” says Oleg Ponomar.
The political scientist believes that the United States has the opportunity to be involved in resolving the situation in Donbass “in parallel” with the work in the Normandy Quartet..
“And the United States will be much more active than it was under Trump – this is also an indisputable fact,” says Oleg Ponomar.
Knots to Untie
Director of the Situations Modeling Agency Vitaly Bala notes that US President Joe Biden knows Ukraine well, has visited Kiev several times, but much in relations between the two countries will depend on the current Ukrainian government.
“Plus, there were moments when our so-called politicians decided to play the“ Russian game ”and intervene in the electoral process in 2020 – this is a minus. The administration that is being formed in the United States, including Victoria Nuland, Anthony Blinken, is represented by officials who support the development of relations. But questions of Ukrainian corruption, questions to some officials connected with Russia, oligarchs who are under investigation in the United States – these are all the knots that need to be untied, ”Vitaliy Bala tells the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America.
In his opinion, Ukraine needs to voice the agenda of the negotiation format in such a way that it is understandable or interesting for the United States to participate in the likely new formulas of the Normandy Four..
“I don’t remember that the United States joined existing similar formats, since they often created them themselves, but Washington can join if it is in the interests of the United States,” Vitaly Bala emphasizes..
He also believes that a clear agenda for Donbass is also needed by the current Ukrainian government..