President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are anticipated on Wednesday to discuss the countries’ bilateral relations and Ukraine’s tensions with Russia and aspirations to join the West, addressing a simmering international plan obstacle for Mr. Biden in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The White Property meeting will come six months right after the Biden administration arrived at an arrangement to allow for the completion of a Russian all-natural-gas pipeline to Europe that would bypass Ukraine and assistance Moscow increase its economic and political sway throughout Europe.
A senior Biden administration official reported Monday the president would affirm the U.S. “commitment to Ukraine’s safety, sovereignty and Euro-Atlantic aspirations” as well as Ukraine’s attempts at government reform. The leaders are anticipated to discuss increased collaboration on power and local weather problems.
For Mr. Zelensky, the meeting will come at a time of escalating problems in Kyiv about its relations with Washington.
Ukraine has been disappointed by the Biden administration’s conclusion not to block the building of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will offer Russian gas to Germany, and by the deficiency of a U.S. determination to long run NATO membership for Ukraine.