Blinken arrives in Kyiv to hold talks with Zelensky
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday, September 6. The US official plans to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
This was reported by CGTN Español on X, formerly known as Twitter. According to local Telegram channels, the center of Kyiv is blocked (to see the video, scroll to the end of the news).
According to Reuters, Blinken will be in Ukraine on a two-day visit. He is also likely to announce a new U.S. aid package worth more than $1 billion.
Blinken is also expected to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, as well as other senior officials and civil society representatives in Kyiv.
This is the third visit of the US Secretary of State to Ukraine during the full-scale war. He first visited Kyiv together with Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin in April 2022. At that time, they discussed the supply of modern weapons necessary for Ukraine and new US military assistance with representatives of the Ukrainian authorities.
Blinken visited Kyiv again almost a year ago on September 8. The Secretary of State visited Irpin in the Kyiv region, where he saw the consequences of Russia's military aggression against Ukraine first-hand, including burned cars, traces of shelling and destroyed residential buildings and infrastructure.
Last month, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The Foreign Minister emphasized the need to strengthen Ukraine's long-range capabilities with ATACMS systems. The sides also discussed further steps to expand global support for the Ukrainian peace formula and the decision to expand grain exports.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- Earlier Blinken said that Russia is desperately looking for allies, having lost legitimacy in the international political arena. Moscow needs weapons to continue the war in Ukraine, but the only ones who are ready to supply them are Iran and North Korea.
- The US announced a new package of military aid to Ukraine in late August. It will include weapons and ammunition worth $250m.