WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden will meet his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in Washington next month to discuss energy issues and threats posed by Russia to the eastern European country’s sovereignty, according to the White House.
A White House meeting on August 30 will allow Biden to declare “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression” in the Donbass and Crimea regions, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in an emailed statement Wednesday. said.
Kiev and Moscow have been at odds since Ukraine annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and supported separatists in a conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, which Ukraine says has killed 14,000 people.
The meeting comes as Biden administration officials prepare to unveil a deal with Germany, partly aimed at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea to carry gas from Russia’s Arctic region to Germany. To address Ukrainian concerns about.
Ukraine fears Russia is using energy as a weapon against the country and losing tariffs as a transit point for gas supplies. As part of the deal, Germany has agreed to take potentially unspecified action against Russia if it cuts energy supplies to Ukraine, the sources said.
Biden and Zelensky spoke ahead of the US president’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva in June, aimed at easing strained relations between Moscow and Washington over issues including Ukraine’s independence.
Low-level diplomatic coordination between the countries has been ongoing for weeks.
The White House said Biden and Zelensky would also discuss Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts, which have long been the focus of the US and other Western nations.