Ukraine's Zelensky to White House in Late August

The White House announced on Wednesday that President Joe Biden looks forward to welcoming his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, in Washington on August 30.

  • Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

The White House announced on Wednesday that President Joe Biden is looking forward to welcoming Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky in Washington on August 30.

"The visit will affirm the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in Donbas and Crimea," said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

Psaki added that the visit would also affirm "our close cooperation on energy security, and our backing for President Zelensky’s efforts to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda based on our shared democratic values."

In a phone call with Zelensky in early June, Biden asserted the United States' support for Kyiv in an attempt "to reassure Ukraine before the US-Russia summit."

The phone call came one day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that he is ready to meet with US President Joe Biden ahead of his Geneva summit with Putin.

In April, Zelensky demanded that his country joins NATO and the European Union to confront what he called the ‘Russian threat,’ after NATO called on Russia to withdraw its forces deployed on the Russia-Ukraine borders.