Biden speaks with Ukrainian president ahead of U.S.-Russia summit

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 9, 2021

US President Joe Biden's trip to Europe this week will signal that multilateralism has survived the Trump years, and set the stage for transatlantic cooperation on challenges from China and Russian Federation to climate change, the chairman of European Union summits said.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Biden and the G7 leaders will announce an initiative to provide financing for physical, digital, and health infrastructure in the developing world.

Following the phone call, Zelenskiy said the USA president invited him to visit in July.

Sullivan suggested the call was pre-planned, but notably it came after an Axios interview published over the weekend in which Zelensky implored Biden to meet with him before he meets with Putin, insisting he would be willing to meet Biden "at any moment and at any spot on the planet".

"America is back", European Council President Charles Michel said, using the motto Biden has adopted after former President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of several multilateral institutions and at one point threatened to walk out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Biden's meeting with Putin comes against the backdrop of recent ransomware attacks stemming from Russia and Russian interference in US elections.

Biden will host NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House on Monday afternoon, prior to a June 14 meeting in Brussels between all 30 members of the military alliance, which was originally established to defend Western Europe against potential invasion from the Soviet Union. It also seeks backing for its bid for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership.

Zelensky, who was elected to the presidency in 2019, has made closer relations with the West a centerpiece of his foreign policy.

The announcement came after Zelensky, a former comedian who was elected president of Ukraine in 2019, aired his grievances to the press over the weekend with regard to Biden's decision making on Russian Federation.

Asked about whether that subject was raised, Sullivan replied to a reporter in the White House briefing room: "In terms of the specifics of what they discussed, I'm going to let the two of them speak for themselves".

Trump denied any wrongdoing concerning the call, which led to his first impeachment by the House of Representatives on charges of abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress. Trump was subsequently acquitted during the Senate trial.

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