U.S. Secretary of State Blincol visits Ukraine and emphasizes strengthening cooperation in the security field
China News Service, Washington, May 6-US Secretary of State Brinken said during a visit to the Ukrainian capital Kiev on the 6th local time that the United States is “actively considering” strengthening cooperation with Ukraine in the field of security.
Blinken met with Ukrainian President Zelensky on the same day. At a joint press conference after the conference, Brinken said that although Russia has withdrawn some of its troops from the Russian-Ukrainian border, it still has enough strength to launch an offensive. “The United States will pay close attention to the situation in the region.”
p > Brinken also said that the United States will continue to provide Ukraine with assistance in the security field, and that the United States will “side by side” with Ukraine to meet challenges.
At the press conference that day, Brinken also emphasized that the purpose of this trip is to reiterate the US’s firm support for Uzbekistan’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. At present, Uzbek reform is facing the dual challenges of “external aggression” and “internal oligarchs”, among which the punishment of corruption is one of the most important issues facing Uzbekistan.
Zelenski said that after Russia announced its withdrawal from the Uzbek-Russian border, tensions in the border areas of the two countries have eased, but the threat remains. The most urgent task is to end the conflict in eastern Uzbekistan. It is hoped that the United States will support Ukraine in responding to threats in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, and it is hoped that NATO will continue to maintain its military presence in the region.
Zelensky also invited US President Biden to visit Ukraine this year. Brinken said that he would convey Zelensky’s invitation and said that US President Biden values the friendship and partnership between the United States and Ukraine very much and that he “will visit Ukraine at the right time.”
In March of this year, the US Department of Defense announced that it would provide Ukraine with US$125 million in military assistance, including patrol boats, radars and other equipment.
Associated Press analysis believes that Brinken’s visit to Ukraine before his visit to Russia signifies that Ukraine occupies an important position in the foreign policy of the Biden administration. (End)