U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas have discussed the interaction between their countries in connection with Russian armed aggression, including in Ukraine.

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During a press conference following the meeting in Berlin, Pompeo expressed gratitude to Germany for cooperation in the issue of sanctions punishing Russia for its aggression in Ukraine and the use of chemical weapons in the United Kingdom, according to the Voice of America's Ukrainian Service.

Maas, in turn, stressed the importance of cooperation between Germany and the United States, in particular, with regard to Ukraine, and spoke about the results of his visit to Kyiv.

Maas said that during his visit to Kyiv this week, he spoke very clearly and said the new president and the new government deserve the full support in continuing Ukraine's reform course.

Maas noted the need for Russia to immediately take constructive steps, not only with regard to Ukraine, but first and foremost on Ukraine.

In addition, Pompeo and Maas discussed international policy issues regarding such countries as China, Iran and Venezuela.