Biden's visit to Ukraine: “a scathing slap” to Putin
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US President Joe Biden's historic visit to Ukraine's capital on Monday is a stark reminder that the Russian invasion indirectly pits Vladimir Putin against major Western powers, experts point out.
“As a public relations strategy, it's a scathing slap in the face of Vladimir Putin that Washington has just offered,” sums up Yann Breault, assistant professor at the Royal Military College of Saint-Jean.
Smiling and sporting sunglasses, Joe Biden met his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Monday, while the anti-bombing warning sirens sounded in the sky of the capital.
The US President took advantage of a press briefing to discuss an envelope of $500 million in additional assistance, the details of which will be announced in the coming days.
“I thought it was essential that there is no doubt about the support of the United States for Ukraine,” he stressed.
“The American administration is all-in< /em>. If there are those who have not yet understood after a year that this is a proxy war between the United States and Russia, what more does it take? , researcher associated with the Raoul-Dandurand Chair.
As a precaution, the exact means used to reach the Ukrainian capital remain under the seal of the secret for now.
Last year, European leaders came to Kyiv by train from Poland.
However, it is much less likely that an American president, accompanied by an adviser carrying the nuclear suitcase, will spend hours stuck on the tracks.
“There is something completely out of the ordinary, 'extraordinary, that the President of the United States is there,' insists Mr. Jacob.
The White House has also revealed that it was in direct contact with Moscow just before Joe's arrival Biden.
Full details of the trip will be revealed later, but its very nature made it “historic,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.
For the time being, it is difficult to establish how President Vladimir Putin will react, believe the experts consulted by Le Journal.
“The speech he must make [Tuesday] has probably already been written for a while, but surely we are working on [y] adding a few more peppery lines,” says Yann Breault.
< p>– With AFP