US grateful to Kazakhstan for constructive position in Ukraine
Astana. May 11. KazTAG - The US is grateful to Kazakhstan for the constructive position concerning the situation in Ukraine, said William Burns, Deputy State Secretary.
"We are deeply grateful for constructive statement of Kazakhstan concerning the tensed situation in Ukraine and its efforts to inspire de-escalation process. We clearly indicated that we are not seeking confrontation with Russia," he said at a press-conference in Astana on Thursday.
In his words, the situation is Ukraine "is deeply in the field of interests of Ukraine and Russia to have healthy relations based on long standing cultural, economic and social ties".
Burns indicated that the crisis in Ukraine and ongoing transition period in Afghanistan highlight the necessity to strengthen importance of development of stronger and deeper partnership between the Governments and people of Kazakhstan and the US.
"During the meetings I emphasized our support of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all the Central Asian states, including Kazakhstan," he said.