Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson
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.
The United States is committed to working with our Allies and partners to keep the 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. This would be a first step in the full restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, including its territorial waters.
In recent weeks, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has taken prudent but difficult steps towards peace and reform, which 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. 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.