Biden Is Calling A Private Meeting With Ukraine Leader

( )- On Wednesday, President Joe Biden will hold a private meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine.

According to senior officials within the administration that spoke with Fox News, the meeting will work to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. It will also help to underscore America’s “ironclad” commitment to the sovereignty and security of Ukraine.

The two world leaders have already spoken by phone on two occasions, once in April and again in June, just before Biden met with Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia.

The officials who were familiar with the plans for the talks said the leaders will start with a meeting with a wider group of key advisers before breaking off into a solo conversation. That private talk will give the leaders “the space to communicate with one another more directly,” the officials said.

Ukraine is currently facing a potentially serious security situation with its neighboring country, Russia. Biden plans to talk with Zelensky about ideas he has for amping up the assistance the U.S. will provide Ukraine.

One of those plans is a $60 million package that will include more Javelin anti-armor systems as well as other defensive capabilities that will be both non-lethal and lethal in nature.

Since 2014, the United States has provided $2.5 billion in assistance to Ukraine, $400 million of which has gone to the country just this year.

Biden also plans to continue talks about the ways Ukraine has made “progress on governance, rule of law and anti-corruption reforms since 2014.” Biden actually handled the Obama administration’s oversight on Ukraine policy while serving as the vice president.

The talks will take a pretty broad range, too, with collaborative efforts being discussed about climate and energy goals. That will likely be done through the Strategy Energy and Climate Dialogue.

Biden administration officials say that plan would give a “strong” platform to “advance energy security objectives, enhance economic ties and achieve ambitious climate targets.”

As far as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. has provided Ukraine $55 million in assistance and has donated the country 2.2 million doses of vaccines for COVID-19.

One administration official commented to Fox News:

“We intend to continue providing assistance to Ukraine, including cold chain storage support and an additional $12.8 million in COVID-related assistance.”

America has provided loads of assistance to Ukraine to deal with the ongoing humanitarian crisis that Russia has caused there, and the country intends to send an additional $45 million to help with that cause.

Wednesday’s meeting is likely to be followed up by a similar meeting between the foreign minister of Ukraine and the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, sometime in the fall. That meeting will seek to approve a new charter between the two countries that would “set out the parameters for how we can work closely together to meet these 21st-century challenges.”