US President Joe Biden in a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky has confirmed US support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is stated in a message on the website of the White House.
“President Biden reaffirmed the unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s continued aggression in Donbas and Crimea,” the statement said.
It is noted that Biden also emphasized his administration’s commitment to intensifying the countries’ strategic partnership in support of Zelensky’s anti-corruption plan and implementation of a reform agenda based “on our shared democratic values that provide justice, security and prosperity to the people of Ukraine.”
“They also discussed the importance of close cooperation between the United States and Ukraine to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen democracy in the region,” the White House website specified.
Earlier, it was reported that Biden and Zelensky would have their first phone conversation since the new U.S. president took office. In the past week, at least three phone conversations have been held between senior officials of the two countries.
Relations between Kiev and Moscow deteriorated sharply after the reunification of Crimea with Russia in March 2014 and the start of the conflict in Donbass in April of that year. Parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions declared independence. Kiev tried to retake the rebellious regions by force, but without success. Ukraine accuses Russia of armed aggression and occupation of Crimea and areas of Donbass. Moscow does not consider itself a party to the conflict and rejects the claims.