Pompeo explains why Americans should care about situation in Ukraine.

The United States supports Ukraine because it remembers its obligations under the Budapest Memorandum, cares about democracy in Europe, considers Ukraine a huge trading partner, and has a number of interests with respect to Ukraine.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this in an interview with Bloomberg on January 22, the transcript of which was released by the U.S. Department of State.

"Ukraine sits at the edge between democracy and tyranny in the easternmost parts of Europe," Pompeo said in response to the question why Americans should care about what happens in Ukraine.

"This is a nation that gave up its nuclear weapons at the end of the Cold War, and America made a commitment that said we would assist them with a number of things so that they could still be a secure, sovereign nation," he noted.

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