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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced Wednesday that the United States has decided to allocate an additional $200 million to Kiev to support Ukraine at a time when the crisis with Russia is escalating, threatening a “potential attack” against Ukraine.
This is what appeared from Blinkin’s statements during his visit to Ukraine, which began Tuesday, according to the American Associated Press.
And the US Secretary of State warned that Russia “may send more military reinforcements to Ukraine in a short period”, calling at the same time to choose a peaceful path.
“We know that there are plans to bolster this military presence in a very short time, and this gives (Russian) President Vladimir Putin the ability, on a very short notice, to take more aggressive action towards Ukraine,” he declared.
Blinken arrived in Ukraine on Tuesday to express his support for Kiev amid growing fears of a possible Russian invasion.
Blinkin is expected to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba today, before traveling to Germany to meet with Foreign Minister Annalena Barbuk, and then the Quartet (US, UK, France and Germany).
Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014, denies plans to attack neighboring Ukraine. But at the same time, it warned the West against NATO’s attempts to expand in Ukraine and other former Soviet republics.
* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bannour.
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