The United States and its allies discuss a new military aid program in kyiv (Austin)
The United States is exploring a new military aid package for kyiv with allies and says an investigation is awaited before commenting on who is responsible for the Nord Stream pipeline disasters.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that the United States was exploring a new military aid program for kyiv with partners, including training for the Ukrainian military.
“As you have seen us do over time, we have continued to seek ways with our international partners to provide additional security assistance to Ukraine. Whether that assistance takes the form of actual equipment or ‘other logistical or training support, we are continuing to assess what will be needed and make arrangements to provide that security assistance, and so, that will continue,’ Austin said at a joint press conference with Philippine Secretary of Defense Jose Faustino in Hawaii.
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Austin went on to say that the United States will not speculate on how long the situation in Ukraine will last.
“Regarding the duration of the conflict, I don’t want to speculate either. What I’m going to tell you is that we will continue to support Ukraine, as you have heard from our president, as long as as it takes.” said Austin.
US won’t speculate on who’s responsible for Nord Stream pipeline incidents: Austin
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that the United States would not comment on who is responsible for the Nord Stream pipeline disasters until an investigation is complete.
“As far as the attack or damage to the pipeline goes, at this point I think there’s a lot of speculation, but frankly, until a full investigation is done, no one will really be able to determine what happened for sure,” Austin said during a joint press conference with Philippine Secretary of Defense Jose Faustino in Hawaii.
Austin noted that he discussed the issue with his Danish counterparts on Wednesday, adding that “it will be several days before they can get the right team and look at the sites and really try to figure out what happened.” .
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“Until we get further information or are able to do further analysis, we won’t speculate who might be responsible,” Austin said.
Pipeline operator Nord Stream AG said Sputnik Monday that a dispatcher recorded a rapid drop in gas pressure on line A of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The incident occurred near the Danish island of Bornholm. Later in the day, the operator reported a drop in pressure on both strings of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
Authorities in Sweden and Denmark reported U-boat explosions, with the general consensus that the event was the product of sabotage. The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, as well as Swedish and Danish authorities, are investigating the events.