Pompeo regrets lack of progress in eastern Ukraine

Pompeo regrets lack of progress in eastern Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that the current U.S. administration has not made much progress in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine and he regrets that.

He said this in an interview with Bloomberg, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“We’ve done all of those things, and yet in southeast Ukraine there is still a conflict that hasn’t made – we haven’t made much progress nor have the Europeans made much progress in their diplomatic efforts as well.  I regret that.  I wish – I wish we would have made more progress during our time,” Pompeo said.

He has noted that "the conflict in Ukraine has been pretty frozen".

“The Russians have twice made agreements that they have failed to live up to.  I regret that.  We have continued to do the things that are right by the Ukrainian people, whether that was our effort to stop Nordstream 2 from being built, whether it was the President’s decision to provide lethal defensive materials for the Ukrainians – something the previous administration refused repeatedly to do,” he said.

According to Pompeo, the United States “has tried to build up the capacity for the Ukrainian Government to defend itself from the threats that come from Russia, both the military threats, the information threats, the threats inside of Ukraine, the energy threats”.


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