President Biden told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday that he will “stand up firmly” for Ukraine’s sovereignty during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week, while extending an invitation to the White House later this summer.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that President Biden had a call with Zelensky Monday afternoon and the two leaders were able to “talk at some length.”
Sullivan said the call was one Biden had “been planning to make” in advance of his trip to Europe this week for the G-7 and NATO summits, and before his meeting in Geneva on June 16 with Putin.
“President Biden told President Zelensky that he will stand up firmly for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and its aspirations as we go forward,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan added that the president told Zelensky “he looks forward to welcoming him to the White House this summer after he returns from Europe.”
Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenski speaks to his supporters at his headquarters after the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
But Sullivan went on to defend Biden’s set meeting