US secretary of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin traveled to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Sunday where they are met with President Volodymyr Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials, making them the highest-ranking US officials to visit the country since Russia began its invasion.
Here key Highlights of this visit:
Blinken says US diplomats will return to Ukraine this weeka senior State Department official said describing move like a strong message of US solidarity.
As part of resumption of US diplomatic presence in Ukraine, diplomats will be”start with day trips to Lviv” and “will potentially move to other areas of country and, ultimately, to renew the presence in Kyiv,” the message says. senior State Department official.
Austin: We want see Russia weakened” Till in Kyiv, Blinken and Austin also met with Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov and Interior Minister Denis Monastrisky for en extendedapproximately 90-minute two-way meeting, senior State Department official said. defense minister outline some of goals of the United States as the country continues support Ukraine’s efforts in war.
“We want see Russia weakened to such an extent that she cannot of the things he did in invasion of Ukraine,” Austin said on news conference in the unknown location in Poland near the border with Ukraine after a trip to Kyiv. “The way it is already lost a lot of military ability. And more of their troops, frankly. And we want see that they don’t have the ability to replicate that ability very quickly.”
More help for Ukraine Blinken and Austin discussed the intention of the Biden administration to provide $713 million. in additional foreign military funding to Ukraine and allied European and Balkan partners, according to senior State Department official and senior defense Department official.
US President Joe Biden on Monday announced that he will appoint Bridget Brink as US Ambassador to Ukraine. post who has been without a confirmed ambassador since Marie Yovanovitch was recalled in May 2019. Brink current US Ambassador to Slovakia.
The visit of Blinken and Austin became first tranche of about 50 Ukrainians will complete artillery preparation in the country outside Ukraine, defense official said. One more tranche of about 50 Ukrainians will also begin training soona defense official said.
Zelensky office issued a report of meeting on Monday, emphasizing the importance of a visit by U.S. officials and a statement that the country “considers on in support of Our partners.”
Officials confirm non-involvement of US forces At the briefing, representatives of the state and the Department of Defense made clear that the US military still wouldn’t participate directly in war.
At a press briefing on Monday, Austin said the U.S. believes Ukraine can win war against Russia with “right equipment and law support.”
Will Biden come? While officials hailed the trip as evidence of US commitment to Ukraine, they also faced questions about why Biden didn’t go himself.
“The president of The United States is somewhat idiosyncratic, in terms of what you need to travel. So this goes way beyond the cabinet secretary will or what almost any other world the leader will demand,” the State Department said. official marked.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the country earlier this month. Top officials from the EU and the Baltic States also visited Zelensky in Kyiv.
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