US Secretary of State Blinken on Gaza, aid to Ukraine after G7 summit conclusion

(19 Apr 2024)

Capri – 19 April 2024
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:
"We urge the rapid implementation of Israel’s humanitarian assistance commitments. More aid, more crossings, better deconfliction, better distribution of the assistance to all who need it. We’ve seen important steps over the last couple of weeks with more crossings opening, more aid, getting in, more aid getting around. But we need to see sustained results. And we need in particular to make sure that there is distribution throughout Gaza."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:
"We also focused on the imperative of getting to a cease-fire with the release of hostages. Such a cease-fire would facilitate the dramatic expansion of humanitarian assistance. It would also let Gazans return to the north, those who’ve been displaced from the north. The only thing, the only thing standing between the Gazan people and a cease-fire is Hamas. It’s rejected generous proposals from Israel. It seems more interested in a regional conflict than it is in a cease-fire that would immediately improve the lives of the Palestinian people. It continues to move the goalposts, and the world needs to know and needs to understand again, that the only thing standing between a cease-fire and the Gazan people is Hamas."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:
"We heard clearly from (Ukrainian) Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba that it’s imperative that in this moment Ukraine get more resources that it needs to deal with the ongoing Russian aggression. It needs more air defenses, needs more munitions. It needs more artillery. Allies and partners, including the G7 countries, are committed to delivering on that. We discussed steps to provide more assistance, more immediately to Ukraine. We also discussed ways to protect and help restore its energy grid, which Russia has sought to decimate."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:
"We’re also working to strengthen efforts to disrupt, the transfer of weapons and also inputs for Russia’s defense industrial base. When it comes to weapons, what we’ve seen, of course, is North Korea and Iran primarily providing things to Russia. But when it comes to Russia’s defense industrial base, the primary contributor in this moment to that is China. We see China sharing machine tools, semiconductors, other dual use items that have helped Russia rebuild the defense industrial base, that sanctions and export controls had done so much to degrade."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:
"Progress on solutions also to use Russia’s sovereign assets for Ukraine was on the on the agenda. And here, I think, we’re working on getting to an agreement on that consistent with international law, consistent with different countries laws. The Kremlin has called this theft. The real theft is in Ukrainians’ lives taken, in so much of Ukraine’s infrastructure destroyed, in so much of its land seized.
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State:
"The United States has not been involved in any offensive operations. What we’re focused on, what the G-7 is focused on. And again, it’s reflected in our statement and in our conversation is our work to de-escalate tensions, to de-escalate from any potential conflict."

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