Arestovich announced the arrival in Kyiv of US Secretary of State Blinken and Pentagon chief Austin According to Arestovich, politicians are now communicating with President Vladimir Zelensky. On April 23, the head of state announced their visit and upcoming talks in Kyiv
Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin (left) and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin have arrived in Kyiv, Aleksey Arestovich, an adviser to the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, said. he said (video posted on YouTube).
When asked whether, in his opinion, it would be possible to reach agreements on additional deliveries of weapons to Ukraine following negotiations with American politicians, Arestovich said: “They didn’t go, if they were not ready to give [weapons]. They will definitely give it.
The day before, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about the upcoming visit of Blinken and Austin to Kyiv. At the same time, representatives of the State Department and the Pentagon refused to comment on the information about the visit to a TASS correspondent.
Prior to this, the Politico newspaper wrote about a possible trip of politicians to Kyiv. On April 14, President Joe Biden, in response to a question about whether he was preparing to send high-ranking officials to Ukraine, said that “this is now being decided.” He also said that he himself was ready to visit the country.
After the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Latvian President Egils Levits and Estonian President Alar Karis.
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