President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine meets with U.S. Secretary of Defense in Brussels

11 October 2023 - 12:23

President of Ukraine meets with U.S. Secretary of Defense in Brussels

During a working visit to Belgium, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and the new U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Charles Brown.

The Head of State expressed gratitude to Lloyd Austin for the steadfastness of the United States' defense and political support for Ukraine.

The U.S. Secretary of Defense informed the President about the progress in providing our country with additional air defense systems.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized the importance of strengthening Ukraine's air defense ahead of the winter season.

"Winter is a big challenge. We really need the help of our partners to protect critical infrastructure. Air defense is not just a military issue. Normal life depends on it, how the economy will work, how taxes will be paid to meet the needs of the army, our defense against Russian aggression. It also determines how many people will return to Ukraine from abroad," the Head of State noted.

The President thanked the United States for the new military assistance package and informed about the current needs of the Ukrainian army. In particular, he emphasized the importance of supplying frontline air defense, electronic warfare systems, and artillery shells.

For his part, Lloyd Austin assured of continued steady and uninterrupted supply of all necessary weapons to Ukraine. He emphasized that the United States has the necessary resources and capabilities and remains focused on supporting Ukraine.