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Antony Blinken discusses US diplomats’ return with Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba Ukraine crisis
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Antony Blinken discusses US diplomats’ return with Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 01 May 2022, 09:37 am

Washington/UNI/Sputnik: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has discussed Washington's support to Kyiv in a phone call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said.

"Secretary of State Antony J Blinken spoke today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to follow up on their April 24 meeting in Kyiv. …The Secretary provided an update on plans for US diplomats to return to Ukraine, including initial visits to Lviv this week and plans to return to Kyiv as soon as possible," Price said in a Saturday statement.

"The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the Administration's April 28 request to Congress for $33 billion in security, economic, and humanitarian aid to empower Ukraine to defeat the Kremlin's unconscionable war," he said.

On Thursday, US President Joe Biden asked the US Congress for $33 billion in emergency supplemental funding to support Ukraine, including $20 billion for military assistance.

The request comes on top of about $4 billion in military aid the Biden administration has already committed to Ukraine, $3.4 billion of which came after Russia launched its military operation in late February.

Last weekend, Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

During their visit, Blinken and Austin said that US diplomats were going to return to Ukraine in the coming week.

US media reported on Tuesday that the country's diplomats, who relocated to Poland in advance of Russia's operation, conducted a day trip to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, where many of Ukraine's decision-makers had relocated from Kyiv.

Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine on Feb 24.