Aid to Ukraine is the number one topic of talks with US Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense

Assistance to Ukraine was the main topic of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

“Assistance to Ukraine was the number one issue in the negotiations with the American representatives who arrived in Kyiv yesterday… Our talks with them were quite long – over three hours – and instructive. Encouraging and, above all, “, productive. I am grateful to the people of the United States and personally to President Biden for the powerful and heartfelt support we receive. These are real things that strengthen not only our state, but democracy as a whole,” Zelensky said. in a video message on Monday.

According to him, kyiv and Washington understand that “when democracy wins in one country, it wins in the whole world. When freedom is defended in one country, it is defended in the whole world”.

“We have agreed with the American side on new measures to strengthen the armed forces of Ukraine, meet all the priority needs of our army. Among other things, this also concerns preparations for a major ministerial meeting in Germany Tuesday – forty defense ministers from the partner states will meet. The key issue is the defense of Ukraine, the defense of freedom in Eastern Europe,” the head of state said.

He said that during the talks, ways to strengthen sanctions against the Russian Federation were also discussed.

“The fact that Russia does not seek peace and defiantly kills even at Easter indicates that more pressure on sanctions is needed. All opportunities for Russia to circumvent sanctions must be blocked. We have handed our partners a special plan to strengthen sanctions against the Russian Federation, which was developed by a group of international experts led by Andriy Yermak and Michael McFaul,” Zelensky said.

The president also said that financial support for Ukraine was a separate element of the negotiations.

“When a tyranny has a colossal financial resource from the export of oil and gas, the question of financial support for freedom becomes vital. I have heard a full understanding of this position from American friends. No only in the context of helping Ukraine now, during the war, but also for post-war reconstruction,” the head of state said.

He also noted that the parties had discussed the issue of providing security guarantees to Ukraine. “I am sure that the United States can be a leader among the future countries – guarantors of Ukraine’s security. The main goal for all of us is to make Europe and the world safer after the war, to ensuring that the security architecture works in the event of new threats,” said Zelensky.

Jessica C. Bell