Ukrainian Naval Forces Commander Ihor Voronchenko has arrived in Washington, where he is scheduled to meet with U.S. Department of Defense officials, in particular, with Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson.
The parties will talk Russian aggression against a group of Ukrainian naval boats, Voice of America reports.
U.S. President Donald Trump previously stated that he wanted to know whether Ukraine had warned Russia before the boats sailed toward the Kerch Strait.
Besides the Kerch Strait incident, Ukraine and the United States will discuss bilateral cooperation in the field of security and the implementation of the new strategy of the Ukrainian Navy.
The U.S. government is working closely with allies and partners in Europe and worldwide to support Ukraine’s aspiration for a diplomatic and peaceful solution amid Russia's aggression, including the recent unprovoked attack on Ukrainian ships in the Black Sea, according to the Pentagon press service.
The Department of Defense leaders will reiterate support for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, which include both territorial waters, and the right of Ukrainian ships to use international maritime routes. As indicated in the Crimean Declaration of the U.S. Government, "the United States rejects Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges to maintain this policy until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored."