US Ambassador to Ukraine pledges long-term support, warns Russia not to use nuclear weapons

19 September, 05:24 PM
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink (Photo:Embassy of Ukraine в США)

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink (Photo:Embassy of Ukraine в США)

The United States is prepared to support Ukraine throughout even a prolonged conflict, and will respond decisively if Russia uses nuclear weapons, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink told Ukrainian news outlet Yevropeyska Pravda on Sept. 19.

“As a diplomat with 25 years of experience, I’m weary of speculating about what’s to come; but I don’t think this will be a short war,” said Brink.

When asked whether the United States believes Russia would resort to the use of nuclear weapons in the conflict, Brink referred to a recent statement by U.S. President Joe Biden, who called any talk of nuclear weapons absolutely irresponsible.

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“The United States, along with our partners, is working on what will our response be to such absolutely unacceptable actions,” the ambassador said.

“The president was very clear on this.”

Brink added that Washington is prepared to continue supporting Ukraine in long haul – even if the war doesn’t end in 2023.

“We’ve already clearly demonstrated this; parts of our long-term security assistance will have an effect for years to come..., allowing Ukraine to build up a formidable military, capable of defending the country even beyond the current conflict,” she said.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu earlier said Moscow has no intention of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

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