The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Ukraine in early May, where he will reaffirm to the main authorities the US “unshakable” support for Ukrainian “sovereignty and territorial integrity” in the face of Russian “aggression”.
Blinken will call Kiev on May 5th and 6th and meet with the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, among others. This emerges from the agenda that the US State Department presented this Friday.
Washington also hopes to encourage Kiev to press ahead with its reform agenda, particularly in the fight against corruption, and to make it clear that the future of the former Soviet republic, despite repeated reluctance from Moscow, lies within NATO.
Blinken’s trip comes at a particularly sensitive time in the region as Russian troops have been deployed near the border with Ukraine and negotiations over the separatist conflict have stalled completely. Moscow and Washington have crossed allegations and sanctions in the past few weeks.
The head of US diplomacy will be coming to Ukraine from the UK, where he will attend a meeting of G7 ministers where he will address some of the most important global challenges, from the fight against climate change to the COVID pandemic Security issues.
Blinken will hold meetings with British Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab to reaffirm the “strong alliance” between the two countries. In addition, he will attend an honoring ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to commemorate those who died in World War II.