Antony Blinken expects “several months” of Russian-Ukrainian war

At a joint press conference with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday (June 1) that Russia’s war in Ukraine is expected to last “many months”. Blinken said “the best we can assess at this time, we are looking at several more months of conflict.”

During the press conference, he said, “It could be over tomorrow if Russia chooses to end the aggression. We don’t see any signs of that at the moment.”

“As long as this continues, we want to make sure Ukraine has what it needs to defend itself and we want to make sure Russia feels strong pressure from as many countries as possible to end aggression,” he added. .

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He said this in the context of recent US arms shipments to war-torn Ukraine. The United States announced that it was sending advanced missile systems to Ukraine. The new weapon is the HIMARS Multiple Launch Rocket System.

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The move was criticized by Russia, but Blinken told the press conference that Ukraine had promised not to use new long-range missiles to strike inside Russia.

He said the Ukrainians have given “assurances” that they will not use these systems against targets on Russian territory. Blinken added that there is a “strong bond of trust” between Ukraine and the United States, as well as with allies and partners.


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