Since the inception of his tenure, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, has adhered to two overarching principles when it comes to aiding Ukraine and averting confrontations with Russia.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken expounded on these principles during his address at Rice University, which was live-streamed on the official YouTube channel of the State Department.
“One of these guiding tenets,” Blinken elucidated, “is to ensure that we leave no stone unturned in our efforts to bolster Ukraine and rally the participation of other nations in this endeavor. The other principle is to sidestep any direct entanglements with Russia, as the potential fallout from such a conflict is decidedly undesirable and could gravely imperil the security of American citizens.”
The Secretary of State further underscored that the United States is not only prioritizing the provision of essential armaments to Ukraine but is also placing significant emphasis on the comprehensive training of Ukrainian military personnel in their proficient utilization. In the absence of the latter, according to Blinken, the deployment of American technology in Ukraine would yield minimal efficacy.
Russia had previously dispatched a diplomatic missive to NATO member states concerning the shipment of armaments to Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asserted that any consignment containing weaponry bound for Ukraine would be considered a legitimate target by Russia. Lavrov contended that the United States and NATO are directly enmeshed in the Ukraine conflict, encompassing not only the dispatch of armaments but also the instruction of personnel on the soil of Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and other nations.