Zelensky’s meeting with Biden took place on Wednesday.
According to the Ukrainian leader, the United States is ready to impose sanctions if the rights of Ukraine and its energy security are violated. According to Zelensky, Biden “understands that this is a priority issue for Ukraine today.” “But these guarantees will still be developed because we trust each other, I mean our countries,” the president added.
Earlier, the United States and Ukraine, following the results of the negotiations between Zelensky and Biden, published their joint statement on strategic partnership, according to which Kyiv and Washington oppose the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline and consider it a threat to European energy security.
The United States intends to preserve the “transit role” of Ukraine and ensure “security of supplies during this transitional energy period,” as well as prevent the use of the highway “as a geopolitical weapon.” To this end, Washington will continue to apply various energy diplomacy measures and tools, including with the assistance of Senior Energy Security Adviser Amos Hochstein.
It is also noted that Kyiv and Washington are strengthening Ukraine’s energy security “through a policy of sustainable, effective and long-term solutions, supported by ongoing corporate governance reform.”