After he gave remarks on the United Nations, Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned US President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin all assured him that the “United States will stand by Ukraine, no matter occurs.”
Biden, Blinken, Austin, and Kuleba all met in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, and the Ukrainian overseas minister spoke to reporters exterior the Basic Meeting chamber after his remarks on the UN in New York Metropolis at this time.
Kuleba mentioned the American leaders additionally assured him that the USA will proceed to supply Ukraine with defensive weapons to construct out their army capability and that they might place extra sanctions on Russia.
“I want to guarantee you that we’d be pleased if we by no means have to choose up these weapons and use them within the battlefield. We wish peace. But when Russia assaults, we now have to be geared up to battle again,” Kuleba mentioned. “We admire for instance, the sanctions which have been already imposed … however this isn’t sufficient. And our companions shouldn’t look ahead to Russian rockets to hit Ukrainian soil or Russian planes to cross into our airspace.”
He added that he “can not absolutely be happy” till “the final Russian soldier withdraws from Ukrainian territory.”
Kuleba additionally referred to as Russian criticism of UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres’ statements on the battle “unprecedented” and asserted that in doing so, Russia needs the United Nations to “develop into out of date.”
“At this time, Russia overtly attacked the secretary-general of the United Nations, and by doing so, it demonstrated that it assaults the United Nations at an entire. And I imagine that each one member states who share the ideas of this group in good religion, ought to stand by Ukraine, and will stand by secretary-general,” Kuleba mentioned. “If the United Nations tolerates such an assault, will probably be solely the United Nations who will undergo probably the most and…who will find yourself discredited and un-respected.”
The Ukrainian ambassador mentioned he believes Guterres ought to proceed to steer and that members of the United Nations ought to contemplate their “whole toolkit,” notably these actions that don’t require approval of the United Nations Safety Council — of which Russia is a everlasting member. Kuleba mentioned actions equivalent to growing humanitarian efforts within the Donbas area could possibly be among the many instruments the UN makes use of.
CNN’s Laura Studley contributed reporting to this publish.