President Joe Biden will host Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky At the White House on August 30, when the US struck a deal with Germany for a gas pipeline project in protest of Ukrainian officials.
It also marks Zelensky’s first White House visit under Mr Biden’s presidency, following his entanglement in Donald Trump’s first impeachment, with the former president investigating his Ukraine counterpart in exchange for military aid to then-candidate Biden and his son Hunter. pressured to do so.
An upcoming preliminary agreement around the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will reportedly allow it to be completed without additional sanctions, although the project has faced intense scrutiny from Ukraine, Poland and other countries over security concerns.
“This visit is a tribute to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbass and Crimea, our close cooperation on energy security, and our support for President Zelensky’s efforts to combat and enforce corruption.” Will reaffirm our unwavering support for a reform agenda based on our shared democratic values, according to a statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.