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Pompeo says from Kiev that US support for Ukraine “will not decline”

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday confirmed his country’s steadfast support for Ukraine, and this comes in the midst of the trial of President Donald Trump in his dismissal case for putting pressure on the Ukrainian President.

“I came with a clear message: The United States considers Ukraine’s battle for freedom, democracy and prosperity a courageous battle, and our support for it will not diminish,” Pompeo said at a press conference with President Volodymyr Zelinsky in Kiev.

The Foreign Minister stressed that Ukraine is an “important country”, in response to assurances from an American journalist working on “NPR” that he had shown on the sidelines of a dialogue with her the indifference of America to the former Soviet Republic.

On his part, Zielinski called on the United States to engage more in resolving the conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country and the Crimea issue that Russia annexed to its territory in 2014.

“I expressed the hope that the United States will engage more actively in the peace process in eastern Ukraine and in (the liberation) of Crimea,” the Ukrainian president said, while calling for the appointment of a US special envoy.

It is currently engaged in a progressive peace track, Germany, France, Russia, Ukrainians, separatists and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Since Zielinski came to power in May 2019, some prisoner exchanges have taken place between the parties to the conflict, but the political settlement has been stalled.

The Ukrainian president considered that bilateral cooperation should not “remain within the limits of words” and promised to submit contracts to US companies that he invited to invest in Ukraine.

The two men met at a time of clouding months ago over the relations between the two countries, the scandal of Trump’s call with Zielinski, which accuses the American President of blackmailing his Ukrainian counterpart.

Trump is being prosecuted for misusing his powers for personal political interests after threatening to freeze significant military aid to Kiev in the event the latter does not open an investigation targeting his Democratic opponent Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was a member of the board of directors of an energy company operating in Ukraine.

Democrats believe that the US President tried to “cheat” to win a second term by pushing Ukraine to “tarnish” the image of the former Vice President, and by using the capabilities of the state to achieve his goals.

But Republicans respond that Trump has used his presidential powers to fight corruption in Ukraine.

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