The head of US foreign affairs visited the Ukrainian capital, calling on Moscow to “stop dangerous and aggressive actions,” while urging the government to fight corruption more actively.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken assured Ukraine of U.S. support for Russia during his visit to Kiev on May 5 (Wednesday) and May 6 (Thursday). “I am here for a very simple reason, to reiterate this reason by force on behalf of President Biden. (…), Our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, He said before meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. We are firmly by your side. “
After deploying tens of thousands of Russian troops to its borders in April, after weeks of tension, it provided vital support to the former Soviet Republic. “We know that we are not alone. It is not that Europe is not doing enough, but that the United States is still “that” my country’s strategic partner”, Emphasized the diplomatic origins.
Russia assured these forces “Not threatening anyone” And this is just“Military exercises”. has no proof. Kiev and Western countries are worried about their own offensive or even invasion, especially because large-scale deployments are accompanied by the renewed violent activities of pro-Russian separatists (with the secret support of Moscow) in Donbass in the east of the country. Since 2014, the war has claimed the lives of more than 13,000 people. According to the Ukrainian army, 34 soldiers have been attacked and killed by rebels this year.
The leaders of the United States and Ukraine have warned that the announcement of the withdrawal of Russian troops on April 22 reduced the pressure, but the threat still exists. “We see that there are still a lot of troops and equipment there. [à la frontière] », Mr. Brinken emphasized.He called on Russia “Stop dangerous and aggressive actions” And promised to cooperate with Ukraine in order to “Can defend against aggression”.Mr. Zelensky condemned the withdrawal ” too slow”. “That’s why the threat still exists.”
Since Joe Biden took office in January, the first senior US official has visited Ukraine. Blinken’s visit came after the US President increased pressure on Russia through new sanctions and expulsion of diplomats. Mr. Biden also sought to organize a summit with Vladimir Putin in June.