"We don't want to see more escalation. What we want is de-escalation," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. "At the same time we're constantly reviewing Ukrainian request for assistance and determining what's most appropriate to provide."
"It's not exactly breaking news that the name of the nation's top diplomat would be mentioned in a standard bureaucratic memo describing our assistance strategy in Afghanistan — a strategy she helped initiate and which has been reaffirmed multiple times at multiple levels from the President on down," Ms. Harf said. "It's also a strategy we continue to proudly implement with very positive results."