US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that Russia is the culprit in the armed conflict in Donbas. He called on the Russian Federation to immediately stop the war in the east, and also condemned the occupation of the Crimean peninsula, RBC-Ukraine reports.
“Let’s say clearly that Russia started this war, and Russia is the stone that hinders a peaceful settlement. They began to violate the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, ”Austin said during a briefing with Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran.
The head of the Pentagon noted that the United States condemns the occupation of Crimea, and also called on the Russian Federation to end the war in eastern Ukraine and destabilize the Black Sea and along the Ukrainian borders.
Austin also commented on Russia’s announcement of Ukraine’s NATO membership. According to him, Ukraine itself makes decisions.
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