Kyiv and Washington continuing to discuss ways to ensure Ukraine’s sovereignty — White House

31 March, 02:26 PM
White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield (Photo:REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque)

White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield (Photo:REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque)

The United States’ prospects of becoming a guarantor of Ukraine’s security are not clear at this stage, but there is “constant discussion” of ways in which Washington can help ensure Ukraine’s sovereignty and security, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said at a briefing on March 30.

“But there’s nothing specific about a security guarantee that I can speak to at this time,” Bedingfield said.

Following the results of the latest round of peace talks between Ukraine and the Russian Federation in Istanbul, which took place on March 28, the Ukrainian side proposed signing an international treaty on security guarantees.

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David Arakhamia, a member of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks, said that Kyiv wants to see the countries of the UN Security Council, including the United Kingdom, China, the United States, France, Turkey, Germany, Poland, and Israel, as guarantors. Other countries will be able to offer security guarantees at will.

Another member of the Ukrainian delegation, adviser to the head of the President's Office, Mykhailo Podolyak, said that this agreement should be approved at a referendum. This will be followed by ratification by the parliaments of the guarantor countries, as well as by Ukraine’s legislature.

Earlier, UK Permanent Representative to the UN Barbara Woodward said that her country was ready to become one of the guarantors of Ukraine's security, if Kyiv requests this.

In addition, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, announced Germany's readiness to become a guarantor of security.

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