Experts point out that US President Joe Biden’s historic visit to the Ukrainian capital on Monday is a stark reminder that the Russian invasion indirectly pitted Vladimir Putin against major Western powers.
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“As a public relations strategy, it is a stinging slap in the face to Vladimir Putin that Washington has just delivered,” sums up Yann Briault, associate professor at the Royal Military College of Saint-Jean.
Joe Biden, smiling and wearing sunglasses, met his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, in Kiev on Monday, as sirens against bombing sounded over the capital.
And the US President took advantage of a press briefing to discuss an envelope of $500 million in additional aid, the details of which will be announced in the coming days.
“I thought it was essential that there should be no doubt about the United States’ support for Ukraine,” he said.
American administration All in. If there are those who, a year later, still do not understand that this is a proxy war between the United States and Russia, what more does it take? “
As a precaution, the exact means used to reach the Ukrainian capital remain under a seal of secrecy for the time being.
Last year, European leaders came to Kiev by train from Poland.
However, it is unlikely that a US president, accompanied by an advisor carrying the nuclear briefcase, would spend hours stuck on the tracks.
Mr. Jacob insists, “There is something quite out of the ordinary, extraordinary, that the President of the United States is there.”
The White House also revealed that it was in direct contact with Moscow prior to Joe Biden’s arrival.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the full details of the move would be revealed later, but its nature made it “historic.”
At the moment, it is difficult to say how President Vladimir Putin will react, the experts he consulted believe Newspaper.
The speech he should deliver [mardi] It may have already been written a while ago, but we’re definitely working on it [y] Add more pepper lines,” suggests Yann Breault.
– with AFP