U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg arrived in Kyiv on an unannounced visit on Nov. 8, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink reported on X, the social medium formerly known as Twitter.
“Happy to welcome Pete Buttigieg to Ukraine,” Brink wrote.
“Our message today is clear: the United States supports Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.”
Later, the press service of the President of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had met with Buttigieg.
The two discussed the restoration of Ukraine's infrastructure and the development of transportation capabilities to export Ukrainian goods to international markets. In particular, they discussed the creation of an alternative humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea for the transportation of Ukrainian export products.
During the talks, Zelenskyy stressed that military support from the United States is critically necessary to reliably protect this corridor from Russian attacks.
“We’re extremely interested in developing the network of Ukraine's railway transport, which is also important for strengthening our interaction with European countries,” the president said.
Zelenskyy and Buttigieg also discussed the establishment of joint production in the field of defense-industrial complex.
On Nov. 3, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said that the United States has initiated the delivery of smaller packages of military aid to Ukraine to maintain its support, while the U.S. Congress is in a "deadlock" on the issue of funding.
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