Sunday, June 26, 2022
News

'US wants to see a weakened Russia'

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Kiev | Tuesday, 2022 3:45:09 AM IST
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has said that he hopes Russian losses in Ukraine will deter its leadership from repeating its actions elsewhere, BBC reported.

Ukraine can still win the war if given the right support, he added.

He also announced that the US would allocate an extra $713 million of military aid to Ukraine and other European nations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of attempting to "split the Russian society and destroy Russia from within".

Austin, a retired four-star general, was speaking after meeting Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev. Also involving Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the visit marked the highest-level trip to Ukraine by US officials since the invasion began over two months ago, BBC reported.

The meeting between the US and Ukrainian parties, which ran for over three hours, came as Russia escalates its military campaign in the south and east of the country.

At a news conference in Poland after the visit, Austin told reporters that the US wants to see "Russia weakened to the degree that it can't do the kinds of things that it has done by invading Ukraine".

The Pentagon chief added that US officials still believed Ukraine could win the conflict with "the right equipment" and the "right support".

Austin's comments calling for a weakened Russia were unusually strong for a US Defence Secretary.

It is one thing to help Ukraine resist Russian aggression, it is quite another to speak of weakening Russia's capabilities, he said, BBC reported.

Putin's accusations of the West attempting to "destroy Russia", made during a speech on Monday, appeared to be in response to Austin's comments.

--IANS san/arm

( 286 Words)

2022-04-25-21:48:03 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS ()
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE ASIA NEWS
Toll rises to 1,000 in Afghanistan earth...
36 killed in Bangladesh floods since mid...
Russia's newest nuclear missile will be ...
Nepal won't sign controversial SSP agree...
Pakistan hopeful of IMF agreement within...
Russia demands Lithuania lift ban on tra...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Gujarat police politicising SC judgment:...
Nine-day book fair organised in Shimla a...
Two AAP MLAs get extortion calls, police...
Jharkhand man held for killing fellow vi...
3 held for creating ruckus after consumi...
J-K Police shares details of June 20 enc...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Needed time to heal after tough Wim... 
Tripura bypolls: BJP bags 3 out of ... 
Indian artists perform in Antananar... 
Petra Kvitova wins at Eastbourne ah... 
Rampur bypoll result puts seal on p... 
Olympic champ Sydney McLaughlin bre... 
Afghanistan: Assault rifles, ammuni... 
PoK unveils Rs 163.7 billion budget...