Biden’s pick for secretary of state: Blinken’s stance on Ukraine

It is known that the nominee’s grandfather immigrated to the U.S. in the early 20th century from Kyiv, now the capital of Ukraine.NBC NewsNBC News

As Donald Trump accepted that a formal transition should begin for President-elect Joe Biden to take office, UNIAN has looked into Biden’s nominee for the post of secretary of state to find out his views on Ukraine and Russian aggression against its neighbor.

Speaking about U.S. policy toward Moscow when he served in the Obama–Biden administration and when it came to the war in Ukraine, Blinken said that “despite repeated efforts by President Obama to try to find an off-ramp for Russia, to try to demonstrate that there could be a win-win, not a win-lose,” the U.S. failed. “Obviously, we were not successful,” he said, as per BuzzfeedNews.

Also, he has advocated for the U.S. to provide lethal aid to Ukraine to fight off Russia’s invasion. Vox reported.

It is also known that the nominee’s grandfather in the early 20th century immigrated to the U.S. from Kyiv, now the capital of Ukraine.

“I had a grandfather who came here at the turn of the last century fleeing pilgrims in what’s now Ukraine, was welcome to the United States, built a life for himself, for his children, a stepmother who fled communism, literally, in the dead of night on a train, made her way, at a very young age with her mother, to the United States,” Blinken told CBS News back in 2019.

Commenting on Russian aggression against Ukraine, Blinken separately noted that a number of Eastern European states joining NATO turned out to be a huge deterrent to Russia.

“I asked myself where would the Baltic states be right now if they were not in NATO? Where would Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic be in their own ways? I think that’s proved to be a tremendous deterrent to Russian aggression,” said Blinken. “But states like Ukraine that are not in it, there’s a reason that we got involved in leading the effort to put pressure on Russia to stop its aggression, and, we hope, actually return sovereignty to Ukraine.”

“And it’s not because on a basic level Ukraine, itself, is that critical to the United States or to countries in Europe,” he added. “It’s because the norms that were violated in terms of aggressing a democratic country on Russia’s borders, changing its borders by force, trying to dictate to people their choices about with whom they would ally or associate, if you allow that to stand, it is an open invitation to aggression and anarchy throughout the world.”

Blinken has also slammed Russia for its prominent role in the Donbas crisis and failure to fulfill Minsk Agreements.

“For three and a half years, Moscow has blown past every diplomatic off-ramp offered by the United States and Europe to end the crisis. Instead of implementing the Minsk Agreement – a road map it signed to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty while protecting the rights of all of its citizens, including the Russian-speaking minority – the Kremlin has denied the agreement’s plain meaning and dodged its obligations,” Blinken wrote in an article for the NYT.

(C)UNIAN 2020

3 comments

  • All the rosy, hopeful speeches to deter the Putinazis is returning. What was Einstein’s definition of insanity?…..
    Or Roosevelt’s quote: “Speak softly and carry a big stick” has turned into “Speak boldly and carry a little stick.”

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  • Trump has allowed a “transition” to begin only because the director of the General Services Administration has been threatened. They also threatened her kids. A bunch of fringe left idiots are threatening people in Pennsylvania of Trump doesn’t concede by noon Sunday. They will be waiting a long time for that concession.

    Conservative people have risen and told them it would not be wise to start carrying out their threats. Conservatives will wait for the idiotic left to fire the first shot. It will go down hill very quickly for the left after that.

    There is a mountain of evidence for vote fraud. Biden won’t be taking office.

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