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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili

Michael R. Pompeo

Michael R. Pompeo

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo called Georgian President Margvelashvili on August 7, 2018. During the call, Secretary Pompeo thanked Georgia for its participation in NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and our robust bilateral security cooperation. The two also discussed the strong U.S. and international support for Georgia’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, as well as Georgia’s remarkable democratic and economic progress over the past 10 years, in spite of Russia’s August 8, 2008 invasion of Georgia.

Imposition Of Chemical And Biological Weapons Control And Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions On Russia

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Following the use of a “Novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or has used lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals.

Following a 15-day Congressional notification period, these sanctions will take effect upon publication of a notice in the Federal Register, expected on or around August 22, 2018.

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Michael R. Pompeo

Michael R. Pompeo

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today to discuss a range of bilateral issues. Secretary Pompeo reiterated strong U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He emphasized that the United States does not and will never recognize Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea, as he made clear when he released the “Crimea Declaration” on July 25. The Secretary welcomed Ukraine’s recent passage of anticorruption court legislation and the Law on National Security and urged Ukraine to fulfill the outstanding IMF requirements.

UK Supports US Declaration Condemning The Illegal Annexation Of Crimea

Following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s reiteration of the US stance against Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign Office spokesperson said:

The UK echoes the United States’ firm statement of opposition to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. The UK position is clear: we condemn Russia’s continued breach of international law; Crimea is Ukrainian territory. We remain fully committed to upholding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.

The UK also remains deeply concerned by the human rights situation in Crimea, where we have seen the systematic persecution of minority groups and of those who voice their opposition to Russia’s illegal annexation of the territory. We call again for Russia to release all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Crimea and in Russia, and to allow unrestrained access for international human rights monitoring bodies to the peninsula.

Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met today with Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani on the sidelines of the International Religious Freedom Ministerial, at the Department of State in Washington, DC. During the meeting, Deputy Secretary Sullivan thanked Georgia for its contribution to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and reinforced U.S. support for Georgia’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity. The two leaders discussed outcomes of the NATO Summit and ongoing judicial and economic reforms in Georgia.

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