WORLD Ukrainian president thanks US for unblocking military assistance

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Ukrainian president thanks US for unblocking military assistance

Xinhua

06:09, September 14, 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy ap.jpg

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (File photo: AP)

KIEV, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the United States for unblocking the allocation of military assistance to Ukraine at the 16th Yalta European Strategy Summit in Kiev on Friday.

Zelensky said he held several phone conversations with US President Donald Trump.

"Before, the United States temporarily blocked 250 million US dollars in military assistance... Now I can say that we have excellent relations with the USA because besides the blocked 250 million US dollars we will receive 140 [million US dollars ]. So I think we are really moving in the right direction and we have a good relationship with our strategic partner the United States of America. I am grateful to them for their help," Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian president also expressed the hope that his personal meeting with his US counterpart will take place in September.

The White House relinquished its hold on 250 million US dollars in military aid to Ukraine on Wednesday.


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