Blinken made a two-day visit to Kyiv, where he met with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Prime Minister Denis Shmygal, and Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. The US Secretary of State became the first representative of the administration of President Joe Biden to visit Ukraine.
“I had a productive time in Kyiv with President Zelensky and other people I met. The United States is determined in the face of Russian aggression and to support the work that is required to secure a sovereign, democratic, and prosperous future for Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter.
As previously reported, Blinken made some statements in Kyiv concerning Russia. He said, in particular, that the United States sees the largest concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine since 2014 and is monitoring the situation very carefully. Western states have recently expressed concern about the alleged increase in “aggressive actions” on the part of Russia in Ukraine. Washington announced the escalation of “Russian aggression” and the movement of Russian troops in Crimea and on the eastern border of Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that Russia moves troops within its territory and at its discretion. According to him, this does not threaten anyone and should not worry anyone.