Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Thursday condemned the efforts of Russia, which in the context of the coronavirus pandemic is spreading misinformation and restricting the movement of employees of the OSCE observation mission and humanitarian organizations in Eastern Ukraine. The head of the state Department said this during a telephone conversation with Dmitry Kuleba, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
According to a press release from the State Department, Pompeo and Kuleba discussed Kyiv’s efforts to resolve the Russian-provoked conflict in the Ukrainian Donbas and the results of a virtual meeting of the Normandy four foreign Ministers.
According to State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, the Secretary of state highly appreciated the work of Ukrainian diplomats in the face of Russian aggression and stressed that the US would continue its policy of sanctions against Moscow until Russia complies with the Minsk agreements and ends its occupation of Crimea.
Pompeo and Kuleba discussed the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Secretary of state condemning the actions of Russia, which uses the epidemic to spread disinformation and as an excuse to restrict the movement of OSCE observers and humanitarian organizations in Eastern Ukraine.