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Joe Biden assures Zelensky of continued support

WASHINGTON: In an effort to reassure Ukraine ahead of next week’s US-Russia summit, US President Joe Biden reaffirmed Washington’s support to Kiev in a call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told a White House briefing on Monday that Biden told Zelensky that “he will stand firm for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and its aspirations” and “will welcome him to the White House here in Washington.” looking forward to it.” summer”, reports Xinhua News Agency.
The phone call came as Kiev raised concerns about Biden’s June 16 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the US’s recent move on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany.
In a recent interview with Axios, Zelensky said he was “surprised” and “disappointed” by the US decision to waive sanctions against a company behind the Nord Stream 2 project and its CEO.
The Ukrainian leader also expressed hope of meeting Biden ahead of the US-Russia summit.
Sullivan stressed on Monday that Biden’s meeting with Putin is not a reward for Russia, but “an attempt to manage our differences and identify areas where we are working in America’s interest to make progress.” can”.
Meanwhile, he said the Biden administration does not expect significant deliverables from the summit.
Sullivan said the relationship between the US and Russia is about verification rather than trust.
“It’s about clarifying what our expectations are and determining if certain types of harmful activities continue to happen, there will be responses from the US.”
Biden will begin his first presidential visit abroad later this week.
He will visit the UK from Wednesday to June 13 to attend the G7 summit and hold bilateral meetings with the group’s leaders.
The President will then travel to Brussels, Belgium to attend the NATO summit and then to Geneva for his meeting with Putin.
Relations between Washington and Moscow have been hostile in recent years.
There are clear differences between the two sides on issues related to Ukraine, cyber security, human rights and US election interference.


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