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Biden nominates US ambassador to Ukraine

President Biden nominated Bridget Brink, an experienced diplomat on Eastern Europe, to be the new ambassador to Ukraine.

“President Joe Biden announced its intention to nominate veteran diplomat Bridget Brink as US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine,” the White House said in a statement.

Ms. Brink is holding the position of ambassador America in Slovakia and will be appointed if the Senate approves Mr. Biden’s nomination.

Ambassador Bridget Brink while working in Slovakia.  Photo: US Embassy in Slovakia.

Ambassador Bridget Brink while working in Slovakia. Image: US Embassy in Slovakia.

The White House said Ambassador Brink used to hold the role of Senior Advisor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State at the Department of European and Eurasian Affairs at the US State Department, in charge of issues related to Eastern Europe and the region. Caucasus region. She is also the US deputy ambassador to Uzbekistan and Georgia, is fluent in Russian and has studied Slovak, Serbian, Georgian and French.

The announcement came a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Minister Lloyd Austin visited the capital Kiev and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This is the visit of the highest-ranking US officials to Ukraine since Russia launched a special military operation in the country.

In a statement released by the Ukrainian government after the meeting, Foreign Minister Blinken praised the “courage, leadership and success that Ukraine has achieved” in the war. He said American diplomats will return to Ukraine from next week and may reopen the embassy in Kiev in the next few weeks.

During their visit to Kiev, US officials also announced a military aid package worth $713 million to Ukraine and 15 allied and partner countries, of which about $322 million is for Kiev, the rest is divided among the other countries. NATO members and countries that have supplied weapons to Ukraine since the outbreak of the conflict.

In addition to the aid of more than 300 million USD, the US also decided to sell 165 million USD worth of ammunition to Ukraine to use for Soviet-era weapons, bringing the total amount of US military assistance to Ukraine to 3.7 billion. USD. US officials believe the new aid will meet Ukraine’s most pressing military needs.

Vu Anh (According to Reuters)

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