Skip to content
In Washington, Joe Biden reassures Zelensky with out going too far

The primary assembly between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, may hardly have occurred extra badly, as the top of the White Home has been monopolized elsewhere because the chaotic withdrawal of his troops in Afghanistan. After two successive postponements, the tête-à-tête was held on Wednesday 1er September in Washington. Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba noticed the signal “That regardless of all the issues and a really busy schedule, Ukraine stays one of many high priorities.”

In any case, that is the reassurance that Mr. Zelensky got here to hunt throughout his go to, in an effort to allay fears of an American abandonment, after the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and to acquire the total help of the US. United in opposition to Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014 and secretly helps the pro-Russian separatists within the Donbass battle. The Ukrainian president anticipated specifically a rise in navy help in addition to help for his nation’s candidacy for NATO, to which the Kremlin is hostile – such membership would require members of the navy alliance to intervene within the occasion aggression.

Article reserved for our subscribers Learn additionally Biden’s thwarted ties to Ukraine

Joe Biden wished to be reassuring by renewing his promise to defend the previous Soviet republic in opposition to Russia. “The US stays decided to help the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within the face of Russian aggression”, stated the US president. In a speech on Tuesday to justify the withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden stated the top of the battle would permit the US to focus extra on the challenges posed by China, but in addition by Russia.

Since 2014, the US has allotted 2.5 billion {dollars} (2.11 billion euros) in help to the Ukrainian armed forces, together with greater than 400 million because the begin of the 12 months. Washington has pledged to offer $ 60 million in extra navy help to take care of the“Important improve in Russian navy exercise alongside its border”, the place 100,000 troopers gathered in April.

The top of the White Home, however, remained evasive on the request for rapprochement with NATO, contenting himself with reiterating his “Assist for Atlanticist and European aspirations” from Kiev. His spokesperson, Jen Psaki, then made it clear that the US wished “NATO’s door stays open to candidate international locations, when they’re prepared and in a position to fulfill the circumstances” requested. “Ukraine should take steps” on this sense and “Is aware of very nicely which of them: to make authorized reform efforts, modernize its protection sector and increase its financial progress”, she added.

You’ve 39.97% of this text left to learn. The remainder is for subscribers solely.

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.