Ukraine Biden | USA President Won’t Meet Volodymyr Zelensky Until Putin: A White House official defended Biden’s decision to meet with Putin at a summit by saying “there’s no substitute for face-to-face engagement” a short time after doing the same for the government of Ukraine.
Ukraine Biden | USA President Won’t Meet Volodymyr Zelensky Until Putin
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The White House announced on Monday that, even if it had such a personal engagement as an irreplaceable type of diplomacy, it would not grant the President of Ukraine a desperate request for a face-to-face meeting with President Joes Biden next week’s high-profile summit.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed his urgent desire to meet Biden “at any time and any place on the planet” in an interview with Axios on Sunday to discuss the growing pressures that Russia has put on its former Soviet ally. In April and weeks after the heavily criticizing decision of Biden to exempt US sanctions for a controversial Russian pipeline have seen, partly, as a way to exercise greater control of Ukraine, Zelenskiy is talking to Russians following a precedent on the common borders.
Talking with the journalists of the White House on Monday afternoon, Jake Sullivan revealed that Biden was on the phone of the pre-planned call with Zelenskiy from the Oval Office. He said that after a broad-based tour of Europe, including the meeting with Putin on June 16, the president would not meet his Ukrainian counterpart in person.
Biden said that as we progress he “is going to stand firmly in favor of Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and aspirations.”
This consolation probably does not mean much for Kyiv, especially as Sullivan has documented the large-scale trip to Biden on Thursday, which he is going to meet with the three dozen world leaders. Biden will arrive at the G-7 Summit in Cornwall on Friday for a series of meetings with local leaders. From there, he is going to Brussels for a NATO summit followed by a further meeting between the leaders of the United States and the EU. The journey ends at Putin’s Geneva meeting.
In an attempt to convince reporters why Biden would host Putin at such a high-profile summit. Sullivan made a point of emphasizing in-person meetings.
Face-to-face interactions are critical in all dynamic situations. His meetings with dozens of leaders over the course of his tenure. That will yield a greater return than just telephone consultations.
Putin and the leaders of South Korea and Japan both have visited Washington. Face-to-face engagement is a different scale of diplomatic engagement altogether.
Biden has spoken on the phone with Zelensky, but the two have never met in person.
Zelensky said in an interview with Axios that he was alarmed by Russia’s prolonged. That effort to psychologically pressure Ukraine, which began when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. He described Biden’s decision not to enforce sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Which traverses the Baltic Sea into Germany, as “surprising” and “disappointing.”
Sergey Zelenskiy told Axios that this is a weapon, one that’s not a prop. As it is difficult for understanding but these bullets may supply by a great country like the United States.”
Prominent members of Congress—including Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joe Biden—have expressed criticism of Biden’s. On decision and questioned how it rewards Russia despite recent hacks of government servers and domestic crackdowns. Including arresting noted anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny.
Analysts believe the meeting’s high profile bolsters Moscow’s global image.
It grants Russia regard and credibility on the global stage.”. Moscow still views itself as a global power. This has led it to become more active in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and even the Arctic. “Last week, the Soufan Center (a private intelligence firm) noted that While many critics say the summit puts Russia. On par with the United States, it serves a recognition of the United States’ increased global engagement and key outcomes.”