The presidents of the United States and Ukraine – Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky – will hold talks during the NATO summit in Vilnius. This was reported by Politico, CNN and Reuters, citing US officials.
According to the interlocutors, the meeting between the US and Ukrainian presidents is scheduled for 12 July, but has not been finalized yet.
During the talks, Biden will try to convince Zelensky that the removal of some bureaucratic obstacles and significant security guarantees from the United States and some NATO allies are the maximum that Kyiv can get in Vilnius, Politico wrote.
Volodymyr Zelensky’s arrival at the NATO summit in Vilnius, which will be held on July 11-12, has not yet been officially announced. The day before, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Zelensky would take part in a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Council, which will be held on the margins of the summit on July 12.
Biden and Zelensky have held several meetings over the past few months. Last December, the Ukrainian president made a visit to Washington. It was Zelensky’s first foreign trip since the start of the war. In late February, Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv, where he announced another aid package for Ukraine. The last personal meeting between the two presidents took place in May at the Group of Seven summit in Japan.