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VP Mike Pence reassures US stance on backing Ukraine’ Crimea claim

Warsaw, Sep 2: Vice president Mike Pence has on Sunday reassured Ukraine of the United States stance supporting its claim for Crimea – annexed by Moscow in 2014, though President Donald Trump was mulling over cutting aid to the European country.

Interacting ahead of a bilateral conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Pence didn’t address reports that the US president was mulling over cutting $250 million worth military aid to the nation. However, he stated the two nations’ ties has never been deepened.

“We will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine on your security, on territorial integrity, including Ukraine’s rightful claim in Crimea,” Pence said, according to Reuters news reports.

The US is a key partner for Kiev, having slapped Russia with sanctions for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Russia separatists in the eastern part of Ukraine.

But however, Trump, who envoys deep ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was mulling over cutting aid ahead of the September 30 fiscal deadline.

Zelensky and Pence were in Warsaw to address the commemoration to ink the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II.

 

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