The Ukrainian Minister of Defense also asked for help from the Pentagon during his visit to Washington
The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexei Reznikov discussed with US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Newland the interaction in the field of security “in the context of the opposition of the Russian Federation.” This was announced by the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, immediately after the meeting between the two in Washington.
Reznikov is on a several-day visit to the United States in search of support, including financial and military support. For several weeks now, Kiev and Western countries have expressed concern over Russia’s alleged intensification of “aggressive actions” near Ukraine’s borders. Several authoritative Western media outlets claim that the Russian Federation is concentrating equipment and troops near Ukraine.
A few days ago, the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov countered that Russia was moving troops on its territory at its own discretion. According to him, this does not threaten anyone and should not worry anyone. Despite these assurances, however, tensions have not abated and it has led to diplomatic shuttles, including involving the EU and the US.
“The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexei Reznikov, together with the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Oksana Markarova, met with US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Newland. The meeting discussed current issues of cooperation in the context of new security threats caused by the Russian Federation said in a statement on the occasion of the meeting in Washington, D.C. .
“Our common task is to do everything possible to make the losses from possible escalation more and more unacceptable for the aggressor. This requires the completion of reforms, coherence, resources and strategic partners. A strong rear and army, active cooperation and support of the partners is the best way to increase the chances for a political-diplomatic settlement and security on the eastern border of Europe, “Reznikov was quoted as saying on the website of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Minister of Defense announced that he had asked the Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin for additional assistance in protecting the country’s airspace and coast. The Pentagon said earlier that Austin had a meeting with Reznikov, during which he reaffirmed the US commitment to strengthen defense against external threats.
Joe Biden returned Victoria Newland to the great American diplomacy, nominating her for the post of Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs. She is the third-ranked member of the State Department. In the Barack Obama administration, Newland was an aide. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. From September 2013 to January 2017, in practice, she dealt mainly with issues related to the policy towards the post-Soviet countries. Newland became especially famous along the Maidan in Ukraine.
During the mass protests in Kiev, which eventually led to the ouster of Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych, Newland was one of the Western representatives who publicly supported the protesters. She was widely known for her meeting with the protesters, Politico recalls. It is considered a “hawk” in relation to Russia. In 2018, Moscow even denied her a visa, announcing that it is on its sanctions lists.
Newland was assistant secretary of state to three presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She resigned in 2017, despite the fact that according to American media, at that time she was not on Donald Trump’s list for removal.
Victoria Newland was in Bulgaria in 2016 as Assistant Secretary of State. It is interesting to note that then she met with Boyko Borissov, with whom they talked about the launch of the Bulgaria-Greece interconnector project and the support that our country received for the construction of the Balkan gas hub. Five years later, there is no hub, nor is the interconnector ready, but there are still public statements that it is being worked on. There was no movement on another issue discussed at the time – the abolition of American visas for Bulgarians.