Blinken has warned of “many months” of Russia-Ukraine conflict ahead

Blinken warns of 'many months' ahead of Russia-Ukraine conflict

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said tensions will rise as soon as Russia stops its aggression.


U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Wednesday that Ukraine has promised not to use new long-range missiles to strike inside Russia because he warned of “many months” of conflict ahead.

“The Ukrainians have assured us that they will not use these systems to target Russian territory,” Blinken told a joint news conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

“Along with Ukraine and the United States, we have a strong bond of trust between our allies and partners,” he said.

The United States said on Tuesday it would provide Ukraine with advanced missile systems, including the Himmers Multiple-Launch Rocket System, which can launch multiple precision-guided missiles simultaneously.

President Joe Biden has said the United States will not support an attack inside Russia, which quickly warned of a greater risk of a clash between Washington and Moscow.

Blinken said the United States was arming Ukraine in anticipation of a protracted conflict.

“We can assess now, we’re still looking at months of conflict,” Blinken said.

“If Russia decides to stop the aggression, it could end tomorrow. We don’t see any signs of it right now,” he said.

“As long as this continues, we want to make sure that Ukraine has what it needs to defend itself, and we want to make sure that Russia feels as strong pressure from the country as possible to stop the aggression as much as possible,” he said. .

Blinken has rejected suggestions that the United States took risks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who repeatedly invaded Ukraine in February, despite Western warnings.

“Russia is attacking Ukraine, not any other way,” Blinken said.

“And simply to say that the best way to avoid tensions is to stop the aggression and war that Russia has started. It is entirely within its power.”

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