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White House tells what issues Biden plans to discuss with Zelensky during meeting

Source : 112 Ukraine

The leaders are also expected to discuss the comprehensive reform program that Ukraine is continuing to develop and implement, with an aim to bring the country in line with Euro-Atlantic principles
16:12, 1 September 2021

Joe Biden
Associated Press

On September 1, the eve of Volodymyr Zelensky's meeting with US President Joe Biden, the White House published information on what exactly the US leader plans to discuss with the Ukrainian president.

So, Biden during the meeting "will convey his ironclad commitment to Ukraine’s security, sovereignty, and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, as well as to discuss Ukraine’s ongoing reform program, both in terms of progress that’s already been made and areas where continued progress is still needed."

The leaders are also expected to discuss the comprehensive reform program that Ukraine is continuing to develop and implement, with an aim to bring the country in line with Euro-Atlantic principles.

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"We believe strongly that Ukraine can and should enact additional reforms to strengthen its democracy, and the United States will continue to support Ukraine’s efforts to do so. We’ve already provided Ukraine with nearly $2 billion in development assistance since 2014. And we have plans to allocate over $463 million in assistance this year alone," the White House reported.

The White House also notes that President Biden will await more information from President Zelensky about the current security situation in Ukraine.

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"We will also be discussing ways in which the US can continue to provide security assistance to Ukraine. We sent a notification up to Congress last Friday, that was also posted in the Federal Register, indicating that the US is going to be providing a new $60 million security assistance package for Ukraine. That will include additional Javelin anti-armor systems and other defensive lethal and non-lethal capabilities," the message reads.

Later, it was specified that the meeting of the presidents is postponed on August 31. On August 29, the White House stated that the meeting of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and American leader Joe Biden will take place on September 1. The presidents will sign a number of defense partnership agreements.

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