Kiev: In November 2018, when Russia illegally captured Ukrainian sailors and a ship in the Kerch Strait, the White House blocked the State Department’s statement condemning Russian aggression.
This was stated by former Assistant Special Representative of the US Department of State Kurt Walker Christopher Anderson, reports The Guardian.
“When my colleagues from the State Department quickly drafted a statement condemning Russia for its escalation, senior White House officials forbade it from being made public”, - Anderson said.
He noted that Trump's lawyer Rudolf Giuliani played a key role in this.
Against the backdrop of the White House’s silence, the then US slander at the UN, Nikki Haley, condemned Russia's behavior, after which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did the same. However, President Trump expressed concern, but did not blame Moscow.