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US Congress delegation arrives in Ukraine to discuss threat of war with Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

A group of congressmen announced Washington's readiness to take tough measures in response to any encroachment on sovereign Ukrainian territory
11:46, 20 December 2021

Facebook/U.S. Embassy in Kyiv

A delegation of the US Congress has arrived in Kyiv to discuss the accumulation of Russian troops near Ukraine as the US Embassy in Ukraine reported on Facebook.

“Representative Jason Crow led a U.S. Congressional delegation to Kyiv to discuss Russia’s aggressive military buildup in and around Ukraine and hear assessments from Ukrainian officials and military leadership,” the message says.

Crow and his colleagues, Representative Brad Wenstrup and Representative Rick Crawford assured the Ukrainian leadership that Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic course have bipartisan support in the US Congress.

As for the de-escalation of tensions caused by the transfer of Russian military forces to the Ukrainian border, the congressmen focused on the US commitment to a diplomatic solution to the problem. But when it comes to a military invasion by Russian troops, the delegation declared Washington's readiness to take tough measures in response to any encroachment on sovereign Ukrainian territory.

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Earlier, German Der Spiegel reported that head of the European Command of the US Armed Forces, Air Force General Tod Wolters, proposed to NATO to strengthen the eastern flank of the alliance by expanding the presence of allied forces in the framework of the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) mission.

Recently, White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki stated that the administration of US President Joe Biden will consider strengthening NATO's eastern flank only in the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine.

As is known, the negotiations between the Russian and American leaders took place on December 7. The talks took two hours, with the agenda including bilateral relations, strategic stability as well as the situation in Ukraine and the NATO expansion.

Related: Ukraine to have enough weapons to repel attack of Russian troops,- Defense Council Secretary

Later that day, President Joe Biden discussed the Russian threat by telephone with the leaders of the Bucharest Nine, which represent NATO's eastern flank.

It was also reported that a week before the Thanksgiving holiday last month, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov came to his American counterpart Lloyd Austin’s third-floor Pentagon office with an unusually large request: He needed weapons systems, including many that the United States had never before provided to Ukraine, and he needed them fast. 

Besides, CNN reported that Ukrainian officials have made a request for new weapons from the United States, including Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems.

 

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