December 2, 2022

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Minister’s welcome in Kiev: Gelensky expects US aid for German weapons

Reception of Ministers in Kiev
Zelenskyj also expects US assistance for German weapons

On Sunday, Ukrainian President Zhelensky is expected to arrive in Kiev with US Secretary of State Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Austin. From the conversation he hopes that the two will put more pressure on Germany to deliver the heavy war equipment he demands.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky expects US support for arms supplies from Germany. “So they (Germany) can start giving what they have and what they do not use,” Zhelensky told a news conference at the Kiev subway station.

He reminds you of this in every conversation with the German delegates. The war is in Ukraine, the head of state stressed, “Now you have what you do not need, we need a lot.” Visitors are currently very welcome, but do not take “Selby”. “You can not come to us empty-handed today. We do not expect only gifts or cakes. We expect solid goods and solid weapons.”

Kiev is demanding heavy weapons from Germany due to the two-month-long war of Russian occupation. Exactly two months after Russia’s war against Ukraine began, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are expected to arrive in Kiev on Sunday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky announced that he would welcome the two US ministers to the capital the next day. This is the first official visit by US officials to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

The United States is once again supplying arms for $ 800 million

Zelenskyy announced that talks with Blinken and Austin would revolve around US arms supplies to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. US President Joe Biden on Thursday pledged $ 800 million (approximately 740 million euros) more in arms to Ukraine. According to him, this includes drones, artillery, 144,000 bullets for dozens of howitzers and howitzers.

The US government had earlier announced a $ 800 million initial military aid package to Ukraine. The package includes artillery systems, artillery ammunition, armored vehicles and helicopters. Selenskyj was “grateful” for this American help. But he also said that Ukraine wanted “more heavy and powerful weapons.” Zelenskyj expressed hope that President Biden would also visit Ukraine if the security situation permits.

At the same time, the head of state of Ukraine, the UN. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he wants to travel to Moscow first next week and then to Kiev. Guterres said it was “wrong” that he first went to Russia. In the order of visits “there is no justice, no logic”. Guterres is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday. He then plans to travel to Kiev to hold talks with Selensky and Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

The President of Ukraine has again called on Putin to meet to “end the war.” He is not “afraid” to meet with the Russian president if this leads to a peace deal. However, Zhelensky again warned that Ukraine would sever talks with Russia if Ukrainian forces were killed by Russian forces in the besieged port city of Mariupol.

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