Apr 25, 2022 - World
Austin: U.S. would like Russian military "weakened"
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Monday that the U.S. would like to see Russia's military "weakened to a degree."
The big picture: Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Sunday.
- Austin and Blinken promised Zelensky over $300 million in foreign military financing and noted that the U.S. had approved a $165 million sale of ammunition.
- They also said that U.S. diplomats will return to Ukraine this week.
What they're saying: "We want to see Russia weakened to a degree that it can't do the kinds of things it has done in invading Ukraine," Austin told reporters in Poland.
- "It has already lost a lot of military capability and a lot of its troops, quite frankly," Austin added. "And we want to see them not have the capability to very quickly reproduce that capability."
Go deeper: U.S. believes Ukraine can win the war with "the right equipment"