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Biden invites Ukraine's president to the White House

Biden invites Ukraine's president to the White House
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President BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Monday and invited him to the White House this summer, offering a show of support for Ukraine ahead of a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussia deems Bard College program a threat to 'order and security' The Biden-Putin summit was a master class in diplomacy Cyberattack on Polish government officials linked to Russian hackers MORE.

“They had the opportunity to talk at some length about all of the issues in the U.S.-Ukraine relationship and President Biden was able to tell president Zelensky that he will stand up firmly for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and its aspirations as we go forward,” White House national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanChina has declared information warfare against America — Biden must respond vigorously Sister of North Korean leader dismisses prospects for talks with US The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden support, gas tax questions remain on infrastructure MORE told reporters on Monday.

“He also told President Zelensky that he looks forward to welcoming him to the White House in Washington this summer after he returns from Europe,” Sullivan said.

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Biden is scheduled to travel to Europe for his first foreign trip as president on Wednesday. He will meet with Group of Seven (G-7) countries in the U.K., attend a NATO summit and meet with European leaders in Brussels and finally travel to Geneva where he will meet face to face with Putin on June 16.

In an interview with Axios published over the weekend, Zelensky urged Biden to meet with him before meeting with Putin next week.

Biden’s decision to call Zelensky in advance of the trip represented an effort by the White House to demonstrate support for Ukraine and signaled that Biden would defend Ukraine and raise concerns about Russia's continued occupation of the Crimean peninsula during his meeting with Putin.

Biden spoke with Zelensky once before in April and has raised concerns with Putin about Russian aggression in Ukraine, particularly as Russian troops amassed on Ukraine’s border earlier this year.

Despite Zelensky’s appeal for a meeting, Sullivan did not say that Biden would meet with him before the summit with Putin.

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Pressed further on the content of the discussion between the two leaders, Sullivan said that Biden and Zelensky talked about “basically every significant aspect of the relationship” including Ukraine’s security but declined to offer further specifics.

Zelensky has not yet visited the White House since his election in 2019 and therefore a meeting with Biden during the summer would be his first.

Zelensky was ensnared in former President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE’s first impeachment investigation after a whistleblower report revealed that Trump had pressed the Ukrainian president to investigate then-candidate Biden and his son’s dealings in Ukraine.

House Democrats alleged during the impeachment trial that Trump used a White House meeting as a cudgel to press Zelensky to investigate the Bidens.