The President of the United States, in a telephone conversation, stressed that his administration is ready to intensify the strategic partnership between the countries.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a telephone conversation with President Joe Biden, the White House press service said on Friday morning.
Earlier, a source in the Ukrainian presidential administration told Reuters about Biden’s conversation with Zelensky.
As highlighted in the White House message, President Biden “reaffirmed the continued support of the United States for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the face of ongoing Russian aggression in the Donbas and Crimea.”
Biden reaffirmed that his administration remains committed to revitalizing the strategic partnership between the two countries and supports Ukrainian President Zelenskiy’s plan to fight corruption and reform. The interlocutors agreed that these reforms are central to “Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.”
In addition, as reported in the White House, Biden and Zelensky discussed the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthening democracy in the region.
On Thursday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also held a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Andrey Taran and “condemned the recent escalation of Russia’s aggressive and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine.”
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed the situation in Donbas with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. The interlocutors noted that Russia continues to systematically exacerbate the situation on the line of demarcation with the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and in Crimea.
Anthony Blinken said that Washington is closely following Russia’s actions and assured that the United States will continue to steadily support Ukraine in the future in protecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity.