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Ukraine receives visit from US state secretaries this Sunday

O secretário de Estado dos Estados Unidos, Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Ukraine this Sunday.

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The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, announced his arrival in the country this Sunday (24) of two high-ranking representatives of the US government – Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin – while also expressing his hope for an immediate visit by President Joe Biden, a meeting that has already been discarded by the White House.

03125542In a press conference held on Saturday (), Zelensky said that during Blinken and Austin, talks will revolve around the weapons Ukraine needs and the pace of delivery. “We would like to have heavy and powerful weapons,” declared the Ukrainian president, adding that the situation regarding weapons has improved in the last week.

Zelensky also expressed his hope that very soon the security situation will allow Biden to visit Ukraine in person to “support the Ukrainian people”. “In times of war we cannot refuse the most powerful military aid and it comes precisely from the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition, there are many European friends, but we understand the volumes of this aid”, declared Zelensky, quoted by the news agency “Unian ”.

03125542 In this sense, he stated that “the States States are the world leader, so they set the pace and tone for negotiations and aid.” In most cases, “they influence whether a particular European state or another can provide us with the weapons that are important to us” and that is why “they are a strategic partner”, he highlighted, noting that he would like to accelerate the pace even further.

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