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White House confirms Biden's meeting with Zelenskyy in Vilnius

Tuesday, 11 July 2023, 09:31

US President Joe Biden will meet with his counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the NATO summit in Vilnius.

Source: announcement by ​​Jake Sullivan, the US President's National Security Advisor, to journalists at the summit, as reported by AFP.

Details: The official noted that the state leaders will have a meeting on Wednesday, 12 July.

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Sullivan said that NATO will determine the reform path for Ukraine so that it can eventually join the North Atlantic Alliance, but without any "timetable".

Quote: "I can't put a timetable on it," Sullivan said. "It is the work of  the Alliance with Ukraine to lay out that reform path and then have Ukraine work towards it."

Previously: US President Joe Biden will hold two high-level bilateral meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as part of the North Atlantic Alliance summit in Vilnius.

According to Politico, Biden will try to convince Zelenskyy that removing a number of bureaucratic obstacles and reforms, as well as a "large security commitment" from the United States and some NATO allies, is the most that Kyiv can get in Vilnius this year.

Background: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy essentially confirmed his participation in the NATO Summit in Vilnius during his evening speech on Monday, 10 July.

He also said that work on specific wording regarding Ukraine in the final document of the North Atlantic Alliance summit has not yet been completed.

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