A few days after the meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, the Pentagon announced a package of 150 million dollars (more than 123 million euros) in military aid to Ukraine to “preserve the territorial integrity of their country”. Wladimir Putin.
Defense Department spokesman John Kirby has indicated that the package, which will include the remainder of the congressional funding for assistance to Ukraine for the current fiscal year, which ends on 30. “
“The package includes capabilities such as anti-artillery, radar, unmanned air defense systems and secure communications,” he said at a press conference.
Kirby also claimed that the Pentagon “continues to encourage Ukraine to undertake reforms consistent with NATO principles and standards in order to further its Euro-Atlantic aspirations”.
The United States has pledged more than $ 2.5 billion in security aid to Ukraine since 2014.
In this context, the Pentagon spokesman added that Washington would “further strengthen the Strategic Defense Association”, including by providing lethal defense aid.
In eastern Ukraine, conflicts have been going on for years due to the tension between that country and Russia. In the case of Crimea, Russia annexed this territory during the 2014 conflict before the population decided to include it in a referendum, while the Donbas region has been experiencing an armed conflict for years, with Ukrainian government forces already confronting the pro-Russian separatists.
The Presidents of the United States and Russia will meet in Geneva on June 16 for their first meeting since Biden took office at a time of enormous tension between countries where Ukraine is just one of several disputes.
The Ukrainian President Volodimir Selenski said in an interview a week ago that he would have liked to talk to Biden at a personal meeting before the US President’s summit with Putin, according to the dpa.
Instead, Biden and Zelenski phoned on Monday. According to the White House, Biden stressed that he would defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine and invited his Ukrainian counterpart to the White House this summer.