Biden and Zelenskyy Discuss Continued Support for Ukraine

President Joe Biden greets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy prior to a bilateral exchange in Paris, France, June 7, 2024. (DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Alexander C. Kubitza)

Written from White House press release

PARIS — June 7, 2024

President Joe Biden met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel on Friday to discuss ongoing U.S. support for Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia.

During the meeting, Biden commended the bravery of the Ukrainian people, highlighting their resilience and unwavering spirit. “The Ukrainian people have been incredibly brave, never giving up, never yielding,” Biden said. “You haven’t bowed down. You continue to fight in a way that is remarkable. We’re not going to walk away from you.”

Biden acknowledged recent challenges in securing funding, noting delays caused by political disagreements. However, he confirmed that six significant funding packages have been announced since then, including a new $225 million package aimed at reconstructing Ukraine’s electric grid.

In his remarks, Zelenskyy expressed deep gratitude for the comprehensive support from the U.S., emphasizing its importance to Ukraine’s efforts. “Thank you so much for your significant support,” Zelenskyy said. “We’re very thankful from all Ukrainians for your military support, financial support, and humanitarian aid.”

Zelenskyy underscored the symbolic significance of their meeting in Paris, likening the current U.S. support to the assistance provided during World War II. He also highlighted the importance of bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, which has played a crucial role in maintaining aid to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president expressed a desire to discuss further strengthening the Kharkiv region and enhancing air defense across Ukrainian territory. Zelenskyy also mentioned the upcoming peace summit, which he hopes will be a significant step toward peace, with participation expected from over 100 countries.

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