"We want to see a Ukraine with a free and transparent energy market, independent. The same goes for Belarus, by the way," the assistant secretary said in an interview with Delfi.lt news portal during his visit to Lithuania, according to the Web site of the U.S. Department of State.
"But again, both of those countries are making choices that, by limiting their economic and political options with the West, lead them to increase their ties and frankly their dependence on Russia. I don’t think that’s what they want," Gordon said.
According to him, the U.S. remains more than open in building its relationships with these countries.