Arming Ukraine a ‘big business’ opportunity – Zelensky — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

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Ukrainian leader touted his ties to Blackrock, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan in another arms plea

Kiev is already working with some giants from the financial and military industries “great thing” opportunities for any American company interested in working there, President Vladimir Zelensky boasted in a video message to an association of American companies.

Speaking at the National Association of State Chambers (NASC) meeting in Boca Raton, Florida on Monday, Zelensky argued that “U.S. companies can become the engine that will drive global economic growth forward again.”

“We have already succeeded in attracting attention and partnering with giants of the international finance and investment world such as Blackrock, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs,” Zelensky said. “American brands like Starlink or Westinghouse are already part of our Ukrainian way.”

According to Zelensky, “Anyone can become a big company by working with Ukraine, in all sectors: from armaments and defense to construction, from communications to agriculture, from transport to IT, from banking to medicine.”

He also praised the weapons deployed by the United States in Kiev.

“Your brilliant defense systems, such as HIMARS or Bradleys, already unite our history of freedom with your companies. We’re waiting for the patriots. We’re watching Abrams closely. Thousands of such examples are possible, said Zelensky in the video.

The Pentagon’s own estimates suggest that by 2022, the United States will have sent more than $20 billion worth of arms, ammunition and supplies to Ukraine. However, most of it comes from US military supplies. The Department of Defense has awarded contracts worth hundreds of millions to Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and other manufacturers to replenish some of the depleted supplies.

Russia has repeatedly warned the West that continued arms shipments to Ukraine will only prolong the conflict and risk leading to a direct confrontation between Moscow and NATO.

The president of Ukraine announced in December that his government had hired Blackrock – a major US asset manager “to advise” Kiev on the use of reconstruction funds from Western governments. He estimated that the cost of rebuilding Ukraine from the ongoing conflict would be at least $1 trillion.

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