“The visit will affirm the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression,” press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
The meeting, set for Aug. 30, comes as the U.S. seeks to shore up its alliance with Kiev while also entering into a controversial agreement with Germany over the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Russia to Germany.
Despite opposition from the last two White House administrations, President Biden frustrated some U.S. lawmakers and European allies when he first lifted sanctions against Russia over the natural gas pipeline earlier this year.
Fox News confirmed Tuesday that the administration has now entered into an agreement with Germany to allow the completion of the pipeline – a move that Republicans view as a “gift” to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The White House said the meeting with Zelensky will prove U.S. dedication to “close cooperation on energy security.”
Supporters of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline argue it will improve energy security for Europe as it will allow