'With Ukraine until victory' — US President Biden

26 March, 06:51 PM
Biden and Ukrainian refugee in Poland (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

Biden and Ukrainian refugee in Poland (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

U.S. President Joe Biden insisted that Washington would support Kyiv until it is victorious against Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in a video address following his meeting with Biden in Warsaw, Poland on March 26.

The meeting, held in a 2+2 format at the foreign policy and defense department heads level between representatives of the two countries, intended to coordinate Washington and Kyiv’s responses to the ongoing Russian war and shore up support for Ukraine amid Russian aggression.

“President Biden said two things: what is happening in Ukraine will change the 21st century,” Kuleba said.

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“He has an absolutely clear understanding of what we have been discussing since 2014, that this is not a war of Russia against Ukraine — this is a war of tyranny against the whole world. And today, President Biden said just that: what is happening in Ukraine will change the 21st century.  And we will work together to ensure that this change is in our favor: in favor of Ukraine, in favor of the democratic world.”

Ukraine’s foreign minister added that Biden was very clear that his administration supports Kyiv entirely, until Ukraine’s victory against the Russian invaders, saying that Biden assured Ukraine that the United States would not “turn it's back on Ukraine or weaken its support.”

The two sides also discussed new sanctions against Russia, and a very substantive conversation took place on the supply of weapons to Ukraine "with specific numbers, and names."

Ukraine has criticized European and North American powers, in particular, for not providing it with appropriate air defenses to deter Russian air power from attacking Ukraine. Ideas like closing Ukrainian airspace, the transfer of fighter jets to Ukraine, or the transfer of modern anti-air defense systems such as Patriot missile batteries have all been shot down by NATO members states, leaving Ukraine with severe deficiencies in its anti-air deterrence.

The 2+2 format between Ukraine and the United States will continue to function, with Biden’s visit to Warsaw on March 26 being just the first of a series of further meetings. It was attended by Kuleba, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and was joined by Biden.

In Warsaw, Biden also met with Ukrainian evacuees fleeing the invasion, and listened to their stories. In response to a press question following the meeting, Biden called Russian dictator Vladimir Putin a “butcher.” The Biden administration recently stated that it would be accepting 100,000 Ukrainian refugees to the United States. 

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