President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are envisioned on Wednesday to focus on the countries’ bilateral relations and Ukraine’s tensions with Russia and aspirations to be part of the West, addressing a simmering international coverage challenge for Mr. Biden in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The White Property meeting comes 6 months after the Biden administration attained an agreement to enable the completion of a Russian normal-fuel pipeline to Europe that would bypass Ukraine and enable Moscow boost its financial and political sway throughout Europe.
A senior Biden administration formal explained Monday the president would affirm the U.S. “commitment to Ukraine’s protection, sovereignty and Euro-Atlantic aspirations” as properly as Ukraine’s initiatives at federal government reform. The leaders are envisioned to focus on greater collaboration on power and climate troubles.
For Mr. Zelensky, the meeting comes at a time of developing concerns in Kyiv about its relations with Washington.
Ukraine has been annoyed by the Biden administration’s decision not to block the building of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will source Russian fuel to Germany, and by the deficiency of a U.S. determination to long term NATO membership for Ukraine.