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 Neither U.S., nor Russia to decide which path Ukraine to go, - Department of State

Neither the U.S., nor Russia should decide which way or which path Ukraine wants to pursue.

This stance was voiced by the U.S. Department of State's spokesperson Mark Toner at a briefing on Thursday in Washington, DC, Censor.NET informs.

"As we've long said, it's not for us, it's not for Russia, it's not for anyone to decide which way or which path Ukraine wants to pursue, but the Ukrainian people should have the right to pursue closer ties with the West if it wants to and stronger economic ties and stronger democratic institutions. That's its own right, sovereign right," Toner stressed.

He expressed hope that the "no" outcome of the Netherlands referendum would not affect the process of Ukraine's integration with the European Union.

Read more: The Netherlands bestows unexpected gift on Kremlin, - The Times on Dutch referendum

In relation to this, the U.S. Department of State's spokesperson reminded of the words of the Ukrainian president about continuing to work towards an association agreement and take the steps Ukraine needs to take in terms of reforms and other measures.

Toner noted the U.S. supports Ukrainians in these efforts.
 
 
 
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