President Biden discusses Russia’s aggression, corruption and COVID-19 in phone call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday discussed a variety of issues, including security, Russia, corruption and the COVID-19 pandemic in a phone call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine.

“President Biden affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea,” the White House said in the readout of the call. “He emphasized his administration’s commitment to revitalize our strategic partnership in support of President Zelenskyy’s plan to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda based on our shared democratic values that delivers justice, security, and prosperity to the people of Ukraine.”

The White House added that both leaders “agreed these reforms are central to Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations,” and also discussed the importance of close United States-Ukraine cooperation to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen democracy in the region.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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