December 6, 2022

Biden Invites Ukrainian Leader to White House   | Voice of America

WASHINGTON – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, pleading to meet U.S. President Joe Biden prior to Biden’s talks in Geneva next week, was rebuffed by the White House on that request but was awarded a consolation phone call on Monday that included an invitation to Washington.

“They had the opportunity to talk at some length about all of the issues in the U.S.-Ukraine relationship, and President Biden was able to tell President Zelenskiy that he will stand up firmly for Ukraine sovereignty, territorial integrity and its aspirations as we go forward,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan told White House reporters.

Sullivan also said Biden told the Ukrainian president that “he looks forward to welcoming him to the White House here in Washington this summer after he returns from Europe.”

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

 

In an interview conducted remotely on Friday with the online Axios news site, Zelenskiy implored Biden to meet with him “at any moment at any spot on the planet” prior to the U.S. president’s visit to Geneva, Switzerland.

Biden departs Wednesday on his first overseas trip as president that prior to the talks with Putin on June 16 will have him interacting with several dozen leaders at the G-7 summit in Cornwall in the United Kingdom, as well as at NATO and European Union gatherings in Brussels, Belgium.

Zelenskiy, however, is not among the leaders Biden is scheduled to meet at those venues.

Kyiv is seeking from Washington additional military aid as it continues to battle Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country. It also seeks backing for its bid for NATO membership. The Kremlin has warned that Ukraine joining the Western military alliance would be “deeply unacceptable.”

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden before their meeting in Kyiv, Nov, 21, 2014.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden before their meeting in Kyiv, Nov, 21, 2014.

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. I’m not going to read out that aspect of the meeting.”

In the Axios interview, Zelenskiy, a professional comedian who was elected president in 2019, said he was surprised and disappointed that Biden had not done more to prevent development of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, which is seen by Kyiv as a Kremlin project to eliminate it from the European gas transit system.

During the administration of former President Donald Trump, Zelenskiy was in the spotlight because of a phone call in 2019 in which Trump pressured him to investigate Biden and his son Hunter’s activities in Ukraine.

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.

 

in U.S.
Related Posts

How a Fake FBI-Encrypted Device Ensnared Criminals Around the World | Voice of America

June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021

The global sting operation billed as “Trojan Shield” that led to the arrests of hundreds of criminals this week began...

Ex-Officer Convicted in Death of George Floyd Sentenced to 22.5 Years | Voice of America

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted in the murder of African American George Floyd, has been sentenced to 22...

Iran Overshadows Biden Meeting with Israel’s President   | Voice of America

June 28, 2021

June 28, 2021

WHITE HOUSE – The subject of Iran overshadowed an Oval Office meeting Monday between U.S. President Joe Biden and his...

Former US Sen. John Warner of Virginia Dies at 94 | Voice of America

May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Former Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, a former Navy secretary who was once married to Elizabeth...

Texas Governor Abbott Leads GOP Push for Trump-Style Border Measures | Voice of America

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Promises to build a wall. Descriptions of American homes “invaded” by immigrants and a trail of “carnage.”...

Biden’s 'Quiet Diplomacy' with Israel May be His Trademark

May 24, 2021

May 24, 2021

The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas over Gaza continues as the conflict puts a spotlight on U.S. President Joe Biden’s...

UN Chief Guterres Clears First Hurdle to Second Term | Voice of America

June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021

The U.N. Security Council gave its blessing Tuesday to a second term for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. “The Security Council, having...

US Supreme Court Declines to Reconsider Transgender Bathroom Case  | Voice of America

June 28, 2021

June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to reconsider a major transgender rights case, letting stand a lower court...

NASA Picks Venus as Hot Spot for Two New Robotic Missions | Voice of America

June 3, 2021

June 3, 2021

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – NASA is returning to sizzling Venus, our closest yet perhaps most overlooked neighbor, after decades of...

US Seizes $90,000 From Man Who Sold Footage of US Capitol Riot | Voice of America

May 22, 2021

May 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. authorities have confiscated roughly $90,000 from a Utah man who sold footage of a woman being fatally...

US ‘Looks Forward’ to Trade Talks with Taiwan Despite China’s Objection | Voice of America

June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

The United States said it looks forward to this week’s trade talks with Taiwan as the two economies continue to...

Officer Asks McCarthy to Denounce GOP Remarks on Capitol Riot  | Voice of America

June 26, 2021

June 26, 2021

WASHINGTON – A police officer who was injured in the January 6 Capitol insurrection confronted House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy...

White House Sets Low Expectations for Biden-Xi Summit

November 13, 2021

November 13, 2021

The White House is setting expectations low ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden’s virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping,...

US Vows to Speed Up Visa Processing for Afghans who Helped Americans | Voice of America

July 1, 2021

July 1, 2021

WASHINGTON – The United States on Wednesday reaffirmed ongoing support to relocate tens of thousands of Afghans who helped American forces during...

Microsoft Says ‘Tank Man’ Image Blocking Due to Human Error | Voice of America

June 6, 2021

June 6, 2021

HONG KONG – Microsoft Corp. blamed “accidental human error” for its Bing search engine briefly not showing image results for...