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Ukraine Wants Aid, NATO Support From Blinken’s Visit

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, greet each other by touching elbows to curb the spread of COVID-19 ahead of their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, Pool)

(AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met with his Ukrainian counterpart in Kyiv and said that he was there to “reaffirm strongly” Washington’s commitment to Ukraine’s “sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.” Ukrainians hold strong hopes for the visit, including increased military aid and strong support for NATO membership. By visiting so early in his tenure, before any trip to Russia, Blinken is signaling that Ukraine is a high foreign-policy priority for President Joe Biden’s administration. But what he can, or will, deliver when he meets later Thursday with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is uncertain. Zelenskyy has made it clear that he wants significant action.

 

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