The Secretary of Defense of the United States, Lloyd Austin, promised this Monday in kyiv to the president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelesnki that his Support for the country at war will last “a long time”.
The United States has provided more than $40 billion in aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February 2022, although part of the republican opposition is questioning the continuation of that assistance.
Austin visited the US embassy in kyiv on Monday and met with diplomats and Defense Department staff. He later met with the Ukrainian president.
“The message I bring you today, Mr. President, is that America is by your side and will stay by his side for a long time,” Austin said. “What happens here in Ukraine matters not only to Ukraine, but to the rest of the world,” he added.
The trip to kyiv is the Pentagon chief’s second since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.