VP Kamala Harris meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Munich
Vice President Kamal Harris met with President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Munich.
Harris and Zelenskyy discussed united action with allies if Russia invades Ukraine, including economic sanctions.
"As you know, this is a decisive moment in our world's history and this is an important meeting for that and many other reasons," Harris said during the meeting.
Previously, President Biden expressed his belief that President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin is planning to invade Ukraine anyway. Amid the tension at the Ukraine border, Harris conducted several other meetings with allies in Europe including NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Latvian President Egils Levits, Lithuania President Gitanas Nauseda, and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.
“We will further reinforce NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a cold war military association since 1949) allies in eastern Europe,” she said.
"The United States takes seriously the importance of the integrity and the territorial integrity of Ukraine and your sovereignty, and the United States stands with Ukraine in this regard," Harris said. "If Russia further invades your country, as I mentioned earlier today, we will impose swift and severe economic sanctions. We have been clear about that."
We resolutely refute all accusations of any alleged Ukrainian shells falling on the Russian territory. Ukraine has never opened any such fire. We call for an immediate and impartial international investigation of the incidents reported by Russian media.— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 19, 2022
Harris reminded that the US is still ready for diplomatic solution of the pre-war situation but if Moscow does cross the border and leads the military forces to Kyiv, "we are prepared to implement and to do that work in a unified way with our allies around the world."
"Any threats to your country, we take seriously, and we have rallied our allies and our partners to speak with one voice, and those voices have been reflected throughout the course of these last couple of days and before," she said.
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