Klympush-Tsintsadze: NATO Presence in Black Sea Region Can Deter Russian Aggression
Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with US officials while on a working visit to Washington, DC
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There is no ground for believing that Russian aggression will be rolled back in the nearest future. However, a broader NATO presence in the Black Sea region may restrain Moscow, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said during a meeting with Special Assistant to the US President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs Fiona Hill in Washington, DC.
“The US leadership, in strengthening the Alliance’s military presence in the Black Sea region, is extremely important. This is the only way that can help to deter Russia from aggressive actions,” Klympush-Tsintsadze said.
According to her, Ukraine expects further US attention to the situation in the Azov and Black Seas and the condemnation of the Russian armed forces attack on the Ukrainian Navy near the Kerch Strait last November.
“Russia’s aggressive actions undermine regional and international security. The Kremlin ignores international law and bilateral agreements. Such behavior requires increased pressure on Russia,” Klympush-Tsintsadze said
She expressed her thanks for the constant and unwavering support of Ukraine by the United States and stressed the importance of strengthening the economic sanctions against the Russian Federation.
Klympush-Tsintsadze noted that Kyiv continues its implementation of reforms, which stand as a key tool in preparing Ukraine for eventual NATO membership.
“Our priority for this year is an implementation of the Law on National Security. A draft law on parliamentary control over the Special Services’ and law enforcement agencies’ activity was introduced in the Verkhovna Rada [Ukraine’s Parliament] in January. [We expect that] it will be approved by Ukrainian MPs,” she added.
She spoke of the urgent need to resume the format of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the ministerial level, which is currently being blocked by Hungary.
“Ukraine pays great attention to the protection of the rights of national minorities and seeks to address this issue in a bilateral dialogue with Hungary.”
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