Speaking on the Voice of America radio, Pyatt said freedom of speech and freedom of the press are fundamental principles and a top priority for the United States. Respect for these values is among the pillars of strategic relations between the US and Ukraine, and deviation from these principles would have serious consequences, Pyatt said.

The Ukrainian authorities have been notified about the US position both publicly and in personal meetings that demonstrations that have been held this week are a positive fact showing the strength of democracy in Ukraine, which needs to be respected, Pyatt said.

The diplomat also strongly condemned attacks on journalists, including those that took place in Kyiv on Friday 

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