Supporters of Ukraine “will not waver”, US President Joe Biden announced Sunday after talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is in Hiroshima on a surprise visit to the G7 summit.
Russia “will not compromise our resolve” to support Ukraine, Joe Biden told reporters after a three-day summit where Ukraine’s leader stole the spotlight during a diplomatic whirlwind of negotiations.
“We will not waver, Putin will not break our resolve, as he thought he could,” said Joe Biden.
President Zelensky arrived in the Japanese city on the back of progress in his long campaign to win Washington’s approval for allies to supply US-made fighter jets, including the F-16.
US officials were reluctant, citing the cost and time required for training, as well as the risk of further escalation of the conflict.
But President Biden said he received “absolute assurances from Zelensky that they will not use it to go ahead and move into the geographic territory of Russia.”
“Wherever the Russian troops are located in Ukraine and on that territory, they will be able to do this,” he added.
Washington also unveiled a new arms package on Sunday for Mr Zelensky, who is relying on Western supplies to fend off a 15-month-old Russian invasion.
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