"The United States reaffirms our unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the lead up to the December 9 Normandy Format Summit among Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia — the first since 2016," she said in a press statement on Wednesday, November 27.
She emphasized that the United States is committed to working with Allies and partners to keep pressure on Russia to live up to its commitments under the Minsk agreements and to begin the process of peacefully restoring Ukraine's full sovereignty over the Donbas.
Ortagus said that this would be a first step in the "full restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, including its territorial waters."
She also praised recent efforts by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, calling them "prudent but difficult steps towards peace and reform." Those steps include engaging diplomatically to advance the peace process; furthering disengagement along the line of contact; strengthening the rule of law; creating a healthier investment climate; and streamlining Ukraine's defense sector, Ortagus said.
"The United States commends Ukraine for instituting reforms necessary for its long-term security and prosperity. The United States stands with Ukraine as it moves forward with peace negotiations," she said.
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