Secretaries Blinken and Austin to visit Ukraine on April 24, says Zelensky

24 April, 02:15 PM
Antony Blinken (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Pool)

Antony Blinken (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are expected to visit Kyiv on April 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during his press conference in a subway station in the center of the country’s capital.

“I don’t think it’s a major secret, neither am I sure if it’s widely-known; tomorrow (April 24) we’re getting visitors from the United States,” said Zelensky.

“I’ll meet with (U.S.) defense minister and with (U.S.) secretary of state Blinken; we’ll have to wait for the security situation to improve and allow the U.S. President (Joe Biden) to come (here) and support the Ukrainian people.”

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According to Zelensky, they will discuss the specific weapons needs Ukraine has, and timeframes for their delivery. The president added that the quantities of weapons the United States sends to Ukraine, the pace of their delivery, as well as U.S. messaging and public support – have all significantly improved in the last week.

There was no comment from the White House regarding the potential Austin and Blinken Ukraine trip, U.S. cable news channel CNN reported.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell, President of the European Council Charles Michel, along with other European heads of state have all visited Kyiv in the past three weeks.

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