Secretary Blinken said that the West is studying the possibility of expanding the range of weapons supplied to Ukraine.
President Joe Biden has promised to expand cooperation with “responsible countries” around the world in order to isolate Russia in the international arena and hold it accountable for alleged war crimes.
“Putin’s war has already turned Russia into an international pariah,” the U.S. president stressed in a written statement.
“We will continue to work with responsible countries around the world in order to collect evidence of crimes and hold Russia accountable for the atrocities it commits in order to increase pressure on the Russian economy and isolate Russia in the international arena,” Biden said.
He pointed out that the photo and video evidence that comes from Bucha and other Ukrainian settlements as Russian troops withdraw is “terrifying.”
“That is why countries of all regions condemn Russia’s unprovoked and brutal aggression against Ukraine and support courageous Ukrainians in their struggle for freedom,” the U.S. president stressed.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Western countries are exploring the possibility of expanding the range of weapons supplied to Ukraine as part of the assistance.
He said this on Thursday at a press conference in Brussels.
“We will not allow anything to prevent Ukrainians from getting what they need and what, in our opinion, can be effective. So now we are looking in all directions, it concerns not only what we have provided and continue to provide, but also whether there are additional systems that could change the situation that we can provide them. We are doing this in close consultations with Ukrainians, as well as with our allies and partners,” Blinken said.
“Day by day we look at what, from our point of view, they need most, including new systems that have not been delivered to date,” the head of American diplomacy added.
“We listen to their assessments of what they need,” Blinken said. “We’re putting it all together and moving on.”
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Armed Forces, General Mark Milley, for his part, noted that Western countries, led by the United States, have already transferred to Ukraine about 60 thousand anti-tank systems and 25 thousand portable anti-aircraft missile systems.
“They are extremely grateful for the 60,000 anti-tank systems and approximately 25,000 anti-aircraft systems that were sent by the United States, as well as our allies and partners,” Milley told the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.
Meanwhile, the G7 Foreign Ministers expressed “sincere solidarity with the Ukrainian people and … deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this war.”
In a joint statement, the ministers expressed “unwavering support for Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and readiness to help it further, including the supply of military equipment, equipment and financial resources so that Ukraine can defend itself from Russian aggression.”
The members of the “Big Seven” pledged to provide comprehensive assistance and necessary funding to international organizations that collect material evidence and conduct a full-scale investigation of all war crimes committed by the Russian side on Ukrainian soil in order to bring to criminal responsibility all those responsible, including representatives of the Lukashenka regime in Belarus, called in the document an “accomplice” of the Kremlin. The G7 countries again demanded that Moscow immediately cease military operations in Ukraine, comply with all international norms concerning weapons of mass destruction and provide humanitarian corridors to international organizations to assist the civilian population of Ukraine.