Blinken: The U.S. will continue to supply Ukraine with defensive weapons so it can defend itself

The USA will continue to supply Ukraine with defensive weapons. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has made this statement.

“We have made it clear that we will continue to support Ukraine by providing it with defensive military equipment so it can defend itself,” he stressed in an interview with CNN ahead of U.S.-Russia security talks.

According to the secretary of state, NATO will be strengthened “in case of further Russian aggression.”

On January 9, a Russian delegation arrived in Geneva to participate in talks with the U.S. on security guarantees. The interdepartmental delegation consisted of representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry. The Russian delegation is headed by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. Wendy Sherman, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, will represent the U.S. diplomatic mission.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the first round of Russian-US talks in Geneva is scheduled for the evening of January 9. The main day of the talks is scheduled for Monday, January 10.

Ryabkov said that Moscow is going to the meeting “not with outstretched hands”, the Russian side has a “clearly formulated problem” that it will solve on its own terms. The deputy minister also noted that Russia was not optimistic ahead of the negotiations with the U.S.

On December 17, the Foreign Ministry published draft treaties between Russia and the United States and NATO on security guarantees. The documents said that the alliance should refrain from any military activity on the territory of Ukraine and other countries of Eastern Europe, Transcaucasia and Central Asia. Russia and NATO also pledge not to create conditions that could be seen as a threat by the other side.

The Russian side has repeatedly denied statements by Western politicians about an allegedly planned “invasion” of Ukraine. Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov pointed out that such reports are “empty, unfounded escalation of tension.

Moscow has also criticized discussions about arms deliveries to Ukraine. In November, Peskov stressed that NATO should stop provocative activities near Russia’s borders and also stop “pumping modern weapons into Ukraine.” He added that the West was artificially whipping up hysteria.