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The United States sends the first shipment of military aid to Ukraine in the middle of a confrontation with Russia

The United States says the first shipment of military aid promised by President Joe Biden to Ukraine amid the standoff with Russia has arrived in Kiev.

Late on Friday, the US embassy in Kiev tweeted photos of a shipment it said had just arrived from the US, containing “nearly £200,000 of lethal aid, including ammunition for Ukraine’s frontline defenders.” “.

The shipment demonstrated Washington’s “commitment to help Ukraine bolster its defenses in the face of mounting Russian aggression,” the embassy said on Twitter.

Top US and Russian diplomats agreed on Friday to keep talking in the standoff over Ukraine, even though their meeting produced no movement in the worst security crisis to erupt between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.

Russia has massed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border and Western allies have also been supplying Ukraine with weapons and equipment.

Britain sent anti-tank missiles earlier this week, while defense ministers from the Baltic nations released a statement saying they received US approval to send Stinger air defense missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles to bolster Kiev’s defences.

“Today Ukraine is at the forefront of Europe’s separation from the military conflict with Russia,” Estonian Defense Minister Kalle Laanet said. “Let’s face it: the war in Ukraine is ongoing and it is important to support Ukraine in any way we can so that they can resist the aggressor.”

President Sauli Niinistö of Finland said he spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin about European security and Ukraine, saying it was “imperative to preserve peace in Europe,” according to his office.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of NATO member Turkey, who touted his strong ties with Russia and Ukraine, renewed an offer to mediate between the two countries. Erdogan said he plans to visit Kiev next month, adding that he will also hold talks with Putin.

Russia has upped the ante even further by announcing more military exercises in the region. He has also refused to rule out the possibility of military deployments in the Caribbean, and Putin has reached out to leaders who oppose the West.

Moscow denies it is planning an invasion of Ukraine and instead accuses the West of planning “provocations” in the country, citing the UK’s arms handover in recent days.

Russia wants binding security guarantees, including a permanent ban on Ukraine’s NATO membership, to which Kiev aspires, and the removal of most of the US and allied military presence in Eastern Europe.

Washington, Brussels and NATO rejected these demands and warned that any attack on Ukraine would have costly consequences.

After their talks in Geneva on Friday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that the US would provide Russia with written responses to Moscow’s proposals the next week.

Blinken said the United States would be open to a meeting between Putin and President Biden, if it were “useful and productive.” The two have met once in person in Geneva and have had several virtual talks on Ukraine that have been largely inconclusive.

After the meeting, Blinken spoke by phone with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and reaffirmed the United States’ support for Kiev’s sovereignty, emphasizing that no decisions would be made without his country’s input, the report said. State Department spokesman Ned Price.

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Blinken will also brief the foreign ministers of Washington’s European allies, the spokesman said.

Biden plans to spend the weekend meeting with his national security team at Camp David, the White House said.

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