President Biden will host Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House later today for their long-awaited – and previously postponed – first in-person meeting.
During the sit-down, Biden is expected to push the Ukrainian leader to tackle corruption — despite claims of Ukraine-based corruption involving his own son Hunter Biden — and show support for the country’s sovereignty in the wake of Russia’s seizure of Crimea.
Biden also plans to reassure Zelensky that the US will help protect Ukraine’s energy security.
Meanwhile, Zelensky, who found himself embroiled in Donald Trump’s first impeachment, is seeking increased military aid and backing for Ukraine’s bid for NATO membership.
The meeting was postponed two days ago as a result of the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
Zelensky, who took office in 2019, is just the latest Ukrainian president to promise to tackle corruption.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (left) and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson (left) met on August 31, 2021