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Biden meets top Ukrainian ministers in Poland

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Joe Biden meets with Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov on March 26, 2022, in Warsaw, Poland.

US President Joe Biden has met with Ukrainian ministers in the Polish capital city amid Washington's efforts to ramp up support against Russia.

Biden, who is on a visit to Europe to take part in several summits, met in Warsaw on Saturday with Kiev's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.

This is the first official face-to-face between the US president and top Ukrainian ministers since Russia launched its operations in the East European country.

The two Ukrainian ministers were in a meeting with their American counterparts, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, when Biden dropped in.

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, US Chargé d'affaires ad interim to Ukraine Kristina Kvien, NSC, State, and Defense officials, as well as several Ukrainian security officials, were also present at the meeting.

In a statement about the meeting, the White House said Kuleba and Reznikov updated the American side on Ukraine’s military, diplomatic, and humanitarian situation.

For his part, the US President updated the two Ukrainian ministers on US efforts to rally the world in support of Kiev's conflict with Moscow, "including through the President’s meetings this week in Belgium, and the significant military and humanitarian assistance the United States is providing to Ukraine."

"They discussed further efforts to help Ukraine defend its territory. They also discussed the United States’ ongoing actions to hold President [Vladimir] Putin accountable for Russia’s brutal aggression, in coordination with our allies and partners, including through the new sanctions actions announced by the President in Brussels on March 24, White House added in its statement.

Biden and Kuleba had met at the White House on Feb. 22, two days before Russia's operations in Ukraine. 

Kuleba told reporters that Ukraine had received additional security pledges from the United States on developing defense co-operation.

Biden, who arrived in Europe 3 days ago, has met with European leaders, and attended EU and NATO emergency meetings, as well as the Group of Seven (G7) summit.

The US and Washington's European allies have been taking actions to put pressure on Russia.

On Feb. 24, Russia launched operations in Ukraine to counter NATO and the West's military advancements towards its borders despite Moscow's repeated warning of the Kremlin's security concerns. 

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