The United States of America Secretary; Antony Blinken meets president Zelenskyy of Ukraine in Kyiv as fears grow of an imminent Russian invasion.
His move was made after he advised that Russia can attack Ukraine at any moment due to the Russian – Ukraine border crisis. In addition, Blinken will move on with various meetings on Thursday and Friday with other European allies in Berlin. Also, his meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, Switzerland is set to come off on Friday 21st of January.
His meeting aims to emphasize U.S support for Ukraine and impress the need for de-escalation on Russia which has itself rejected accusations from Washington and Kyiv that it has driven the crises. During the Pair’s meeting with Zelenskyy of Ukraine, the U.S secretary of state, Blinken said the threat faced by Ukraine is an ” unprecedented threat” to the advantage of Russia.
He also emphasized that in a crisis like this there will be a strong response from the U.S and its allies in order to hold any incursion by Russia.
Blinken had earlier confirmed $200m in security aid for Kyiv in Ukraine.
At the close of the pair’s meeting, president Zelenskyy announced his appreciation to Washington for their support in the crisis,
” I would like to thank you personally and the president Joe Biden of the U.S and the U.S administration for your support, for military assistance to Ukraine, for increasing this assistance” president Zelenskyy of Ukraine said.