U.S. to help Ukraine fight Russian meddling in 2019 elections
The United States will help Ukraine counter Russia's possible election meddling in 2019, according to a Joint Statement on U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership published on the U.S. State Department's website.
"Both sides noted with satisfaction that robust security cooperation would continue in 2019, including assistance to counter Russian election meddling, joint training exercises, and cybersecurity cooperation," reads the statement.
The parties decided to further strengthen military-technical cooperation and welcomed the U.S. provision of military assistance, which "will help build Ukraine’s long-term defensive capacity."
The United States and Ukraine confirmed the importance of the Budapest Memorandum of December 5, 1994, and called on Russia to fulfill its previous commitments to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
The United States reiterated its support for Ukrainian efforts to implement the security reforms detailed in the Law on National Security, and commended Ukraine’s continuing contribution to international peace and security operations throughout the globe.
As reported earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington had been enhancing technical assistance to Ukraine to counter Russian aggression on the Ukrainian soil.