President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with President of the United States of America Joe Biden. This was announced by Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy accepted Joe Biden's invitation to visit the United States in July this year.
Joe Biden reaffirmed the unwavering US support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and noted Volodymyr Zelenskyy's leadership in implementing fundamental reforms in the country aimed at realizing Ukrainian people’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
He assured that Ukraine's position will be taken into account when discussing strategic issues in NATO, as well as during scheduled top-level events. Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed the importance of providing the Ukrainian state with a NATO Membership Action Plan.
The leaders exchanged views on strategic cooperation between Ukraine and the United States on the eve of important summits of the G7 and NATO, as well as Joe Biden's scheduled meetings with EU leaders and the President of the Russian Federation.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Joe Biden about the security situation in Donbas and along the Ukrainian border. He emphasized that there was still a high concentration of Russian troops and heavy weapons in the temporarily occupied territories and near the Ukrainian border.
"The so-called withdrawal of Russian troops is only an imitation," the President of Ukraine stressed.
For his part, the US President noted the importance of discussing regional security risks with the President of Ukraine on the eve of important events on security negotiation formats.
Joe Biden supported Volodymyr Zelenskyy's initiative to create the Crimean Platform. He assured that the United States would be represented at the summit of the initiative at a high political level.
The heads of state also touched upon energy security issues. The President of the United States stressed he was against the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project.
For his part, Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized Joe Biden's attention to the fact that Nord Stream 2 is not an economic project. It poses a serious threat and is a security challenge, and must be viewed in terms of security guarantees for Ukraine, said the President of Ukraine.
The Presidents also exchanged views on Ukraine's progress in implementing key reforms. Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke about the planned steps to reduce the influence of oligarchs on the life of the country. He stressed that he was interested in the development of big business in Ukraine, but without oligarchic interference in politics and the economy.
The President of Ukraine also thanked the United States for providing Ukraine with 900,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
"It will save the lives of many Ukrainians. The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to a strategic partnership with Ukraine," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.