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Biden-Zelenskyy summit: what themes the leaders will discuss in Washington

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his American counterpart Joe Biden will meet in Washington on August 30. According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba, the leaders will focus on discussing three clusters: political, economic, and the security issue.

Political cluster. The main goal of the Ukrainian side, according to the Minister, is to bring the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States that has been in force since 2008 to a new level.

Security. Zelenskyy and Biden are expected to address the issues of countering Russian aggression, the war in Donbas, and the occupation of Crimea. Kuleba noted that the Ukrainian and American sides had already discussed "concrete ideas" that he cannot yet voice.

Economic cluster. The Minister acknowledged that Ukraine would like to see more American investments, in particular in strategic sectors of the economy. He assured that the Ukrainian side is able to build "very effective partnerships with American business and financial institutions." Kyiv is preparing "specific projects with names, numbers, and lead times" that will be submitted to the United States for consideration.

Whether the issue of Nord Stream 2 would be raised, Kuleba did not specify. He also did not say whether there would be a joint press conference of the Presidents following the summit. However, the Minister assured that the parties would sign "specific documents".

Context. Biden invited Zelenskyy to Washington during their phone conversation.

In June, Zelenskyy said in an interview that during a meeting with his American counterpart, he plans to discuss a lot of issues, in particular, on granting MAP to Ukraine; on the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2; on ensuring the security of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov; on the revival of the Ukrainian fleet; on increasing military aid to Ukraine.

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