White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Friday rejected that the United States has stopped its security assistance to Ukraine and reiterated that it will continue to put Kiev “In a position of power to resist Russian physical aggression”
“The idea that we have stopped security assistance to Ukraine does not make sense,” said Psaki, referring to information that circulated this Friday in which it was noted that Washington had temporarily frozen a package of military assistance to Ukraine intended to respond to the concentration of Russian troops on the border.
In this sense, the spokeswoman has insisted that the United States will remain “immovable” in its support “for the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Ukraine, as US President Joe Biden made clear to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in the meeting they held this week, Psaki recalled, according to a statement from the White House.
He also pointed out that in the framework of Biden’s participation in the NATO leaders’ summit, support for Ukraine was also emphasized.
“Last week, in the run-up to the summit between the United States and Russia, we provided a security aid package of 150 million dollars (more than 126 million euros), including lethal aid,” he pointed out.
At the same time, it has detailed that the United States has provided the entire amount allocated by Congress through the initiative of aid to the security of Ukraine, as well as has prepared “Contingency funds in the event of a new Russian incursion” in the country.
In eastern Ukraine, conflicts have continued for years due to tensions between Ukraine and Russia. In the case of Crimea, Russia annexed this territory in 2014 before the population decided to incorporate it in a referendum, while the Donbas region has been experiencing an armed conflict for years that confronts Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.
The Minsk Accords, signed in September 2014 and February 2015, laid the foundations for a political solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but so far they have not led to the cessation of violence. The hostilities have so far left some 13,000 dead, according to United Nations estimates.