Ukrainian servicemen take part in the joint Rapid Trident military exercises with the United States and other NATO countries nor far from Lviv on September 24, 2021, as tensions with Russia remain high over the Kremlin-backed insurgency in the country's east. - The annual Rapid Trident military exercises, taking place in western Ukrainian until October 1, involve some 6,000 soldiers from 15 countries, Ukraine's defence ministry said in a statement. (Photo by Yuriy DYACHYSHYN / AFP) (Photo by YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. and Ukraine troops partake in combat drills

U.S. and Ukrainian drills continue as nearly 15 countries gathered for joint military exercises. More than 6,000 servicemen, including 150 representatives from the U.S. Armed Forces, have been set to take part in these drills on Friday in Western Ukraine. 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the media after meetings on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (Eduardo Munoz/Pool Photo via AP)

Secy. Blinken works to restore ties with France

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he’s committed to working closely with France’s foreign minister in order to restore bilateral ties with France. During the most recent United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York on Thursday, Blinken announced his plans to get U.S.-France relations back to how they used to be before the announcement of the U.S., U.K. and Australia nuclear submarine deal.