US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called on Russia to end the occupation of Crimea and stop hostilities in eastern Ukraine.
The head of the Pentagon met in Washington with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Defense Minister Andrey Taran.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of the US defense department.
In the presence of the Ukrainian leader, Austin and Taran signed a framework agreement that defines the basis for further cooperation between the two countries in the field of defense.
The head of the Pentagon said that within the framework of the agreements with Kiev, steps will be taken to support the reform of the defense industry in Ukraine, cooperation in the Black Sea region will be intensified, the fight against cybercrime will be intensified, and the exchange of intelligence will be established. Washington will also support Kiev’s integration into NATO structures.
Austin recalled that since 2014, the United States has allocated over $ 2.5 billion to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Zelenskiy, in turn, expressed condolences to Austin in connection with the deaths of 13 American servicemen as a result of explosions in the area of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
On Thursday, September 2, Zelensky is scheduled to meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House.
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