The Trump administration threw its support unequivocally behind Ukraine yesterday in that country's ongoing conflict with Russia, informing the Kremlin that U.S. sanctions will remain in place until Russia ends its occupation of Crimea, the CNS News website reports today (February 22, 2017).
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told the U.N. Security Council that the U.S. does believe a better relationship with Moscow is possible, but not at the expense of the security of friends and allies in Europe.
"That is why the United States calls on Russia to respect Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity," she said.
Haley said the U.S. and European Union were in lockstep over keeping sanctions in place until Minsk agreements -- ceasefire deals negotiated between Ukraine's government and Russian-backed separatists in the country's east -- were fully honored by Russia.