Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is going to discuss the announcement of a new increase in Russian military power near the border with Ukraine with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 10, head of the press service of the State Department Ned Price said.
Asked by reporters whether the Kremlin had taken CIA Director William Burns' warnings about the build-up of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border seriously during his visit to Moscow, Ned Price recalled that the State Department had already expressed concern about Russia's actions last week and is "monitoring the situation very closely, as we always do, and we'll continue to consult with our allies and partners on this issue."
The State Department spokesman added that the issue would be discussed during a "strategic dialogue" between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who on November 10 visited Washington.
In addition, according to Price, Moscow's actions were discussed during personal consultations held by President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Blinken with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week in Glasgow, as well as during the visit of CIA Director William Burns to Moscow.
"As we’ve made clear in the past, any escalatory or aggressive action would be of great concern to the United States, and so that’s why we’ll continue to support de-escalation in the region and a diplomatic resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. This is what President Biden and Secretary Blinken made clear to President Zelenskyy at – during their meetings on the margins of COP26," Ned Price emphasized.
According to him, both the president and secretary of state made it clear that "our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering."
"We stand with Ukraine, we stand with Kyiv, and condemn all Russian aggression against Ukraine in all forms. We’ll have an opportunity to do that again in person tomorrow during the course of this strategic dialogue," the press service head added.