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Statements on Ukraine - Administration

Readout of President Donald J. Trump's Meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni
The White House
May 24, 2017

"President Trump reaffirmed transatlantic unity in holding Russia accountable for its actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and noted the importance of convincing Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk Agreements."

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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence's Meeting with Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine
The White House
May 10, 2017

"The Vice President emphasized unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. He underscored that the Minsk agreements remain the most viable path towards peace. Following that meeting, the President spoke with the Foreign Minister and reaffirmed U.S. support for Ukraine and his desire to work with our Ukrainian partners to peacefully resolve the conflict."

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Secretary Tillerson's Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
By Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 23, 2017

"The Secretary emphasized the importance of Ukraine's continued progress on reform and combating corruption.

The Secretary accepted condolences from President Poroshenko on the death today of a U.S. member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM). The leaders agreed that the OSCE SMM has played a vital role in its role of monitoring the Minsk agreements designed to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, and that this tragic incident makes clear the need for all sides- and particularly the Russian-led separatist forces-to implement their commitments under the Minsk Agreements immediately.

Secretary Tillerson reiterated the United States' firm commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and confirmed that sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine and fully implements its commitments in the Minsk agreements."

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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability 
By Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
Moscow, Russia 
April 12, 2017

"Secretary Tillerson: On Minsk, we considered the importance of the accord. Russia can make progress in implementation by de-escalating violence and taking steps to withdraw separatist armed forces and heavy weapons so that OSCE observers can fulfill their role. Until full progress is made under the Minsk Accords, the situation in Ukraine will remain an obstacle to improvement in relations between the U.S. and Russia." 

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Remarks to NATO-Ukraine Commission
By Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
Brussels, Belgium
March 31, 2017

Excerpt: “American and NATO support for Ukraine remains steadfast. As we have repeated at every Ministerial and Summit since Russia launched its campaign of aggression against Ukraine, NATO Allies stand firm in our support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We do not, and will not, accept Russian efforts to change the borders of territory of Ukraine.”

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Reaffirming U.S. Commitment to a Sovereign and Whole Ukraine on the Third Anniversary of Russia’s Crimean “Referendum”
Mark C. Toner, Acting Spokesperson
U.S. Department of State
March 16, 2017

“Three years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. The United States does not recognize Russia's “referendum” of March 16, 2014, nor its attempted annexation of Crimea and continued violation of international law. We once again reaffirm our commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity…

Crimea is a part of Ukraine. The United States again condemns the Russian occupation of Crimea and calls for its immediate end. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine.”

To read full statement: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/03/268482.htm


Remarks by the Vice President and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg at a JPA
NATO Headquarters
Brussels, Belgium
February 20, 2017

Excerpt: Vice President Pence: “With regard to Ukraine, as I said before, our alliance will continue to hold Russia accountable and demand that they honor the Minsk Agreements, beginning with de-escalating violence in eastern Ukraine. For the sake of peace and for the sake of innocent human lives, we urge both sides to abide by the ceasefire that began today.  And we pray for peace in Ukraine. Be assured, the United States, as well, will continue to hold Russia accountable, even as we search for new common ground, which President Trump firmly believes can be found.”

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
February 18, 2017

Excerpt: …The Vice President underscored U.S. support for Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and self-determination and underlined that the United States does not recognize Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of the Crimean peninsula…The Vice President commended Ukraine's progress on reforms, and the leaders affirmed the importance of further reforms to transform Ukraine into a secure, prosperous, European country for all its citizens.

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Readout of President Trump's call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine
February 4 

President Donald J. Trump just had [5 p.m. Saturday] a very good call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine to address a variety of topics, including Ukraine's long-running conflict with Russia. "We will work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties involved to help them restore peace along the border," said President Trump. Also discussed was the potential for a meeting in the near future.

The Ukrainian President's website provided the following synopsis of their conversation.

President Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with President Donald Trump. Petro Poroshenko congratulated Donald Trump on his inauguration as the Head of the United States and called for the strengthening of a dialogue with the new U.S. Administration at all levels. Both leaders express readiness to explore additional steps to enhancing the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States. A particular attention was paid to the settlement of the situation in Donbas and to achieving peace by political and diplomatic means. The two leaders expressed deep concern about the spike in tension and deterioration of humanitarian situation, especially in the area of Avdiivka. They stressed on the need for establishing immediate ceasefire regime. The President of Ukraine expressed gratitude to the Head of the White House for firm support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Petro Poroshenko highlighted the need to intensify economic and business ties in order to assist in creating new employment opportunities and boosting the welfare of citizens of both countries. They also talked about the forthcoming visit of President Petro Poroshenko to Washington, the preparation of which will be in focus of Ukraine's Foreign Minister's travel to the US.


Remarks at a UN Securtiy Council Briefing on Ukraine 
By Ambassador Nikki Haley
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
February 2, 2017

Excerpt:  " ... The sudden increase in fighting in eastern Ukraine has trapped thousands of civilians and destroyed vital infrastructure. And the crisis is spreading, endangering many thousands more. This escalation of violence must stop.

The United States stands with the people of Ukraine, who have suffered for nearly three years under Russian occupation and military intervention. Until Russia and the separatists it supports respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, this crisis will continue...."

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