Washington, 9 Sep (ZXS) -- The US State Department issued a statement on 6 September local time, saying that Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Ukraine on 6 September local time to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and others. Blinken also announced on the same day that the United States will provide more than $6 billion in aid to Ukraine.
During his meeting with Zelensky, Blinken said that the United States will continue to firmly support Ukraine, "the United States will ensure that Ukraine has the weapons and equipment needed for war, and in the long run, it will also ensure that Ukraine has a certain deterrent power." Blinken also said that in the future, he will work with allies to "restore and develop the Ukrainian economy."
Zelensky said that whenever a US official visits, it is a "message of support" for Ukraine, which is currently in a "difficult period." Zelensky also said that he expressed gratitude to the Biden administration and the bipartisan Party in Congress for their "unity" on the issue of aid to Ukraine.
Blinken also met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Shmegal and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba on the same day.
In addition, Blinken also announced on the same day that the United States will provide more than $10 billion in aid to Ukraine in the future, including $1 million in military aid and $75 million in humanitarian aid.
Since February 2022, U.S. military assistance to Ukraine has totaled $2.432 billion, humanitarian assistance has reached $29.205 billion, and another $<>.<> billion has been channelled through World Bank projects, according to the U.S. State Department.
According to US media reports, the itinerary of Blinken's visit to Ukraine was not announced in advance. Blinken traveled by train from Poland to Kiev, Ukraine on the same day. This is Blinken's fourth visit to Ukraine since the Ukraine crisis. (End)