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U.S. State Department on security guarantees for Ukraine: 'This issue is being discussed'

U.S. State Department on security guarantees for Ukraine: 'This issue is being discussed' Daniel CiSek (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The United States is discussing a security treaty with Ukraine. Ukraine needs long-term support from the U.S. and Europe, according to the State Department’s Russian-Language Spokesperson Daniel Cisek in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

"This issue is being discussed in the U. S.," he says.

At the same time, he notes that any agreement would require Congressional approval. "And perhaps it can be done in other ways. But usually, the Senate approval is required for such agreements. So there are many questions about how to do this," the State Department official adds.

According to him, it is clear that Ukraine needs long-term support. "We recently saw in an interview with the Russian leader what he thinks about Ukraine and how he thinks about it. And it was very clear that as long as Russia has such leadership, Ukraine remains in danger. And perhaps it will remain in danger even after this leader. That's why Ukraine needs the support of Europe and the support of the United States," he says.

Cisek notes that the agreement signed with the UK is also important. "And ultimately, the courage and abilities of the Armed Forces guarantee Ukraine's security," the State Department official says.

Security agreements

Ukraine is negotiating security agreements with many countries. The list includes the United States, Canada, Romania, France, Germany, and Italy.

On January 12, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak signed a historic security cooperation agreement with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It has already entered into force and will be in effect for 10 years.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will sign a security agreement between the two countries today. In addition, Zelenskyy will sign an agreement with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz today.