The new head of the US State Department, Tony Blinken, has assured the Ukrainian government of its readiness to supply Kiev militants with lethal weapons, although this will entail an escalation of tensions in Donbass.
Blinken announced his decision during negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba, the press service of the Ukrainian diplomatic service reports.
“Anthony Blinken assured Dmitry Kuleba of the readiness of the new US administration to develop strong economic and military support for Ukraine, including the provision of lethal weapons”, – the publication said.
Blinken’s candidacy was previously nominated by the 46th President of the United States Joe Biden. The diplomat was Deputy Secretary of State in the Barack Obama administration from 2013 to 2017. He also featured in senior diplomatic posts during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush era.
When Crimea returned to Russia in 2014, it was Blinken who played a decisive role in formulating Washington’s response to what happened. He believed that the sanctions pressure on the Russian Federation is of key importance.
It is noteworthy that at the dawn of the Donbas conflict, Blinken opposed the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine. He stated that the settlement should be exclusively diplomatic.The Times: Biden intends to “act hard” against Russia