Ukraine’s defense minister said he had asked the Pentagon for help to help defend Ukraine as it faced mounting tensions over Russia’s military build-up near its borders.
Speaking to reporters at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington on Friday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Ukraine must “cover our skies and our seas,” Bloomberg News reported.
“Stop [Russian] aggression, we must show that the cost will be too high, âadded the Minister of Defense, according to Radio Free Europe.
Reznikov’s comments come as US officials warned that Russia may attempt to lead a potential invasion in Ukraine, as it did in 2014 when it annexed the Crimean Peninsula.
Ukrainian Minister of Defense meets with Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense & National Security – Preparing for the Biden-Putin Appeal Five things to know about Russian troop build-up near Ukraine Austin warns Congress of “huge” negative effects of a bill provisional one year PLUS at the Pentagon on Tuesday, during which Austin “reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to a reading from the meeting.
The leaders discussed a range of security issues, including Russia’s destabilizing actions in the region, and agreed to work closely together to advance the common priorities outlined in the US-Ukraine strategic defense framework signed on August 31, 2021 “, indicates the text. referring to the commitment by which the United States provided an additional $ 60 million in security assistance to Ukraine.
Prior to the framework, the United States had committed $ 2.5 billion to support Ukraine’s military forces since 2014, including more than $ 400 million in 2021 alone.
The Pentagon made no comment when asked about Reznikov’s remarks, but referred to Thursday’s meeting.
Russia, for its part, denied that it was trying to invade Ukraine. In a speech on Thursday, the Russian President Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich Putin Biden tries to ease tensions with Putin on Overnight Defense & National Security call – Lawmakers strike deal on Biden defense bill to hold talks with Ukrainian president on Thursday after call with Poutine PLUS warned that the West had ignored warnings not to cross Moscow’s “red lines”.
“We constantly voice our concerns about this, talk about red lines, but we understand that our partners – how can I say it in moderation – have a very superficial attitude to all of our warnings and talk about red lines.” , he said in part, according to Reuters.
Asked about the comments of Putin, the White House press secretary Jen psakiJen Psaki Australia joins the United States in the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. Biden Supreme Court study group unanimously approves final report Told reporters on Friday that the Biden administration continued to “have serious concerns about Russian military activities and harsh rhetoric towards Ukraine and called on Moscow to defuse tensions.”
Psaki added that the United States had raised concerns directly to Russia about its military activities near the Ukrainian border.