US concerned about Zelensky’s safety — Analysis
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan claims that Russia is “capable of just about anything”
Jake Sullivan, the US National Security Advisor, stated on Friday that Washington was concerned about President Vladimir Zelensky’s safety. Sullivan stated that Zelensky’s security is being supported by the US.
“President Zelensky’s personal safety is something that concerns us,”Sullivan spoke at the Aspen Security Forum, Colorado. “This is a leader in wartime, dealing with an enemy in Russia that is ruthless, brutal and capable of just about anything.”
“President Zelensky takes the precautions you would expect to protect himself,”Sullivan added that the US has been helping. “facilitate” the Ukrainian leader’s security, without elaborating.
The US offered Zelensky’s evacuation from Kiev in exchange for Russia’s February military operations in Ukraine. Zelensky refused to accept the offer. This week, Ukraine’s parliament approved the firing of Ivan Bakanov, the top official at the state security service (the SBU). Zelensky also removed the heads of SBU departments in five of the country’s regions. Bakanov was a close associate of Zelensky, and the pair had worked together since the latter’s days in comedy.
Ukraine’s president has claimed on several occasions that assassins have threatened his life, and his officials said numerous times that Russia intends to have the president killed. Moscow denies these allegations, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stating in April that Zelensky “is the president of Ukraine,”Russia is asking him to agree to the terms of peace.
Sullivan was asked if he is concerned about the decline in public support for Ukraine. “about literally everything,”Except for the pipeline that carries arms to Kiev.
US President Joe Biden approved the 40 billion dollar military and economic assistance bill in May. “enough resources to keep weapons flowing for some time,”Sullivan said that although public support is decreasing for Ukraine, it still has a strong base. “reservoir”Of “deep and sustainable support”In the White House, Congress.
Sullivan stated that if the tens or billions of dollars are exhausted, Sullivan would take over. “there will be bipartisan support in the Congress to re-up those resources should it become necessary.”
As Sullivan spoke, John Kirby, National Security Council spokesperson, announced that the Biden Administration would send a second tranche of weapons in the amount of $270 million, with four HIMARS rocket gun artillery system. The US has given Ukraine a dozen of these truck-mounted weapons platforms already, although Russia claims to have destroyed four during the last three weeks.
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