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According to some reports, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken or Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin may go to Ukraine
President Biden said on Thursday that a decision is being made as to whether a White House official will be sent to Kyiv as a sign of U.S. support and in response to an earlier invitation to Joe Biden by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“We are making a decision [on this] right now,” Joe Biden said before leaving for North Carolina.
Persons in the White House administration familiar with the situation told Reuters on condition of anonymity that there is no talk of a visit to Ukraine by President Biden himself or Vice President Harris, but it could be US Secretary of State Blinken or Secretary of Defense Austin.
"If and when that happens, we want to provide [for this visit] maximum security," US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in an interview with the Washington Economic Club.
Recall that earlier British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the presidents of Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania personally visited Kyiv.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has hinted that the US has no plans to return assets to Russian businessmen, instead using them for something better.
Source: Sullivan speaking at the Economics Club of Washington
Direct speech to the question whether the US is going to return to the oligarchs from the Russian Federation their assets, such as yachts, or use them as reparations: “Our goal is not to return them. Our goal is to use them better than in this way. ..
You can be sure our goal is not to sit still and then bring them back."
Details: At the same time, he added that he wants to be as careful as possible when answering this question.
He noted that discussions on this issue are ongoing in the White House.
Sullivan also commented on Biden's words, calling Russia's actions in Ukraine "genocide". According to him, it seems that Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to wipe Ukrainian identity from the face of the earth.
According to him, the war between Russia and Ukraine could continue for "months." Biden adviser predicts protracted conflict.
In addition, Sullivan said that the Biden administration has not yet decided whether the US will lift sanctions on Russia if it reaches an agreement with Ukraine.
Direct speech: "Much depends on the form and scope of this diplomatic agreement, and much depends on what the Ukrainians and the Europeans agree with us."
According to him, the United States does not plan to conclude an agreement with Russia behind the back of the head of the Ukrainians, under which she will receive a bunch of indulgences: “But if some measure of easing sanctions was built into some reliable diplomatic solution led by the Ukrainians, this is which we would gladly appreciate."
The US Embassy in Ukraine noted that the new $800 million military aid package from the United States is not the last, and there will be more to come.
The embassy announced this on its Twitter after the announcement of the White House and the Pentagon about new weapons for Ukraine.
The embassy released a quote from a video message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that “freedom must be better armed than tyranny,” noting that the United States agrees with this statement.
"The volume and speed of U.S. defense assistance to Ukraine is unprecedented. Our new $800 million in aid includes howitzers, hundreds of armored vehicles, nearly a dozen helicopters and 40,000 artillery shells. More to come," the statement said.
Recall that on April 13, after a telephone conversation between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Zelensky, the White House announced the allocation of another $ 800 million for weapons for Ukraine.
The Pentagon has revealed a detailed list of weapons. The list includes heavy artillery, armored personnel carriers, helicopters, drones and more.