The White House confirmed this Friday that US President Joe Biden will receive his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in Washington next Thursday, who will visit the North American country on the occasion of the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations.
This was confirmed by the US National Security Advisor. Jake Sullivan, during a press conference in which he emphasized that this will be the third meeting between both leaders at the White House. The first occurred in September 2021, the second in December last year.
“This will be their third meeting here at the White House, and it definitely comes at a critical time Russia is desperately asking for help from countries like North Korea for their brutal war in Ukraine, while Ukrainian forces continue to make progress in their counterattack,” Sullivan said.
Additionally, Sullivan confirmed that a new Ukraine Contact Group meeting will take place “early next week.” – known as the Ramstein Group – which coordinates the delivery of weapons and equipment to support the Ukrainian armed forces.
OTHERS MEETING IN NEW YORK
Before his meeting with Zelensky in Washington, President Biden will travel to New York to attend the 78th United Nations General Assembly, where he also plans to hold bilateral meetings with another group of international leaders outside the UN meeting.
Of particular note is his meeting with the presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, the five Central Asian countries heavily influenced by Russia but with which the United States forms the so-called C5+1 group heads of state meet.
With the heads of state and government of Central Asia, Biden wants to discuss issues of regional security, trade and connectivity, climate change and possible reforms to “improve governance and law” on Tuesday, as the US national security spokesman explained in detail.
The next day, the tenant of the White House will meet with the President of Brazil. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Later, both will take part in an event with Brazilian and American union leaders where they will try to “highlight the crucial and central role of workers.”
On the same day, Biden will sit down for a conversation with the Israeli prime minister. Benjamin Netanyahuwhich aims to address a range of “bilateral and regional issues”, focused primarily on “common democratic values” between both countries.