PoliticsUS promises 'severe costs' to anyone who supports Russia's annexations of Ukraine

    US promises ‘severe costs’ to anyone who supports Russia’s annexations of Ukraine

    US promises 'severe costs' to anyone who supports Russia's annexations of Ukraine

    National Security Advisor USA Jake Sullivan told a senior government official from Ukraine on Sunday that any person or entity that supports Russia’s annexation of regions in eastern and southern Ukraine will face “serious” consequences.

    Sullivan met with Andriy Yermak, chief of staff for Ukraine’s president, in Istanbul on Sunday, according to a White House statement, two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four regions in the east. and southern Ukraine.

    “Mr. Sullivan underscored the strong support of the United States for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. He conveyed that the United States and its allies and partners will not be deterred by Russia’s blatant violations of international law, including the United Nations Charter, and will impose severe costs on any individual, entity or country that provides support to the alleged annexation of Russia. ”, according to the statement.

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    The annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia occurred eight months after the war and it was announced despite the fact that Ukraine made significant progress in some of the territories that Russia now claims. The United States has said it will never recognize any of the areas as Russian territory, and Ukraine has sought to use the declaration to rally international support to defeat Russia.

    The White House added that Sullivan and Yermak also discussed the current situation at Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which remains occupied by Russian forces, and United Nations-negotiated efforts to export food from Ukraine’s ports.

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    “Sullivan emphasized that the United States is committed to supporting the Ukrainian people as they defend their sovereignty and democracy, including through the $12 billion in additional assistance that President Biden recently signed into law,” the statement added.

    In response to Russia’s annexation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced last week that his country will submit an accelerated application to join NATO, arguing that it is already a “de facto” ally of the alliance’s countries.

    However, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday refused to commit to speeding up Ukraine’s application to join the alliance, saying “any decision on membership must be made by consensus.”

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    Source: La Opinion

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