President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke by phone Monday ahead of the commander-in-chief’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan revealed — despite pleas from the Ukrainian leader for a face-to-face meeting.
Sullivan made the announcement while speaking to reporters at a White House press briefing.
“President Biden was able to tell President Zelensky that he will stand up firmly for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and and its aspirations as we go forward. And he also told President Zelensky that he looks forward to welcoming him to the White House this summer, after he returns from Europe,” Sullivan said.
However, Zelensky, in an hour-long interview with Axios published Sunday, said it is imperative to conduct an in-person meeting ahead of the Putin summit, adding he would make himself available to meet with the US president at a moment’s notice.
“I believe that it is up to them [to brief Ukraine],” he