According to a report by Russo-Presse in Washington on February 20, the Pentagon issued a notice that U.S. Defense Secretary Austin promised Ukrainian Defense Minister Taran to help fight against “Russian aggression”.
Austin stressed that Washington “will continue to firmly support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
“He reiterated the commitment of the United States to developing the strength of the Ukrainian army in order to more effectively resist Russian aggression,” the announcement said.
According to the report, Austin also pointed out the need for defense reform to Ukraine.
Taran thanked Austin for his support and stressed his commitment to the transformation of Ukraine’s defense sector to conform to NATO principles and standards.
The report said that Russia refuted the accusations of the United States about “invading” Ukraine and stressed its interest in resolving the Donbas conflict.
U.S. Secretary of State Blincoln promised to provide active economic and military assistance to Ukraine’s foreign minister Kuleba when he spoke with foreign minister Kuleba earlier this month.
According to the report, Kuleba said that Kiev would be Washington’s reliable partner in the Black Sea and Eastern Europe, and the two sides agreed to establish a more ambitious strategic partnership.