The US reiterates its “unwavering support” for Ukraine

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Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday highlighted his “unwavering support” for Ukraine hours before receiving in Washington the Minister of Foreign Affairs of that country, Dmitro Kuleba, in full escalation of tensions with Russia.

In a telephone conversation this morning, Blinken told Kuleba Washington’s “rapid response” to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to “recognize the supposed independence” of the so-called separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, in the Ukrainian region of Donbas, in the east of the country.

According to a statement from the State Department, Both diplomats “reiterated” that “additional steps” are expected to be taken in the near future.

Blinken and Kuleba are scheduled to offer a press conference this afternoon at the State Department in Washington at 3:15 p.m. local time (8:15 p.m. GMT).

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, signed an executive order on Monday that prohibits new investments, trade and other economic transactions by US institutions and citizens in Donetsk and Lugansk, an action that aims to isolate those two regions from the international financial system. based on the dollar.

The executive order also prohibits the importation into the US of goods, services or technology coming from those areas of eastern Ukraine, according to the text made public by the White House.

Despite Putin’s decision, who also ordered the deployment of Russian soldiers in Donetsk and Lugansk to “guarantee peace”, Washington failed to announce on Monday the large package of economic sanctions against Russia that it has been preparing with its allies for weeks .

Tensions between Kiev and Moscow have increased since last November, after Russia stationed tens of thousands of troops near the Ukrainian border, triggering alarms in Ukraine and the West, which denounced the preparations for an invasion.

The situation has worsened in recent hours with clashes in eastern Ukraine.

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