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West adapts aid to Kiev, expects it to 'succeed on the battlefield' — Blinken

The US top diplomat stressed that the Western military aid to Kiev started "months before the Russian aggression"
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
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WASHINGTON, January 18. /TASS/. Western countries are adapting their military aid to Kiev and expect Ukraine to "succeed on the battlefield," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a joint press conference with UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly on Tuesday.

According to him, Ukraine has been "strongly supported by our two countries and many other countries." "We continue to adapt along the way," the US top diplomat said. "The bottom line is we are determined to make sure that Ukraine has what it needs to succeed on the battlefield," he asserted.

As Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine evolved, so did Western military aid to Kiev, according to Blinken. He stressed that it started "months before the Russian aggression."

"If you look at the trajectory from Stingers, to Javelins, to HIMARS, to Bradley Fighting Vehicles, to Patriot missile batteries, we have continuously provided what Ukraine needs," the diplomat said. According to his estimates, Kiev has already received "some $25 billion in security assistance to Ukraine over less than a year." "I would anticipate that you’ll hear more announcements in the days to come," he added.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other Russian officials have repeatedly noted the danger of Western weapon supplies to Ukraine ending up in other regions. Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov cautioned that the militarization of Ukraine by the West directly threatens European and global security.