Pompeo names priorities of Trump administration in policy towards Ukraine

The U.S. administration, led by President Donald Trump, has consistently supported Ukraine in the fight against corruption, strengthening of its defense capabilities, and preservation of democracy and freedom in the country.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said this in an interview with Pete Mundo of KCMO Talk Radio.

“As it relates to Ukraine, we were focused on a handful of things. One, this is a nation with a deep history of corruption, and our mission set, the ambassador’s mission set there, Mr. Volker’s mission set there were very clear, was to put in place the tool set so that the new leadership, President Zelensky and the team around him, would be able to deliver on what they had committed during their campaign, which was to take down the risk of corruption,” the U.S. Secretary of State said.

In addition, he mentioned the Russian aggression in Donbas and the annexation of Crimea. “And it’s also the case that the Russians took Crimea when President Obama was in office, moved into southeast Ukraine, an area called the Donbas, when President Obama was in office. President Obama then refused to provide them with the tools, the weapons systems that they needed to preserve their nation,” Pompeo said.

According to him, President Trump has consistently provided those weapons systems to the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian leadership.

“We have provided them technical assistance that the previous administration refused to provide. We have robustly helped the Ukrainian people and we collectively at the State Department have been focused like a laser on delivering the President – on the President’s guidance with respect to how it is the case that we can deliver a Western-looking Ukraine that will preserve democracy, freedom, and liberty in Ukraine and in Europe and protect Americans as well,” Pompeo stressed.

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