Zelensky invites Biden to visit Kyiv in coming days

Zelensky invites Biden to visit Kyiv in coming days

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a Sunday call with U.S. President Joe Biden invited him to visit Kyiv in the coming days and assured that the Ukrainian capital and other cities are under reliable protection, according to the Ukrainian president's press service.

Zelensky said the Ukrainian side understands all current risks and is ready for any developments.

"We will stop any escalation towards Ukraine. The capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, and other cities of our state - Kharkiv and Lviv, Dnipro and Odesa - are safe and under reliable protection," he said.

Zelensky also noted the steps taken by the United States and other partners who continue to provide Ukraine with effective support.

"We feel it. And we hope that, among other things, it will help prevent the spread of panic," Zelensky said.

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Zelensky thanked Biden for the United States' unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and stressed the importance of providing effective security guarantees to the country.

"We are ready to discuss them in different formats," Zelensky said, emphasizing that there can be no security in Europe without the security of Ukraine.

Both parties also reaffirmed the unity of positions on the importance of continuing political and diplomatic efforts to unblock the peace process and restore stability. Zelensky stressed that Ukraine stands exclusively for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. Attention was paid to the steps taken to de-escalate and achieve peace within all existing negotiation formats.

Zelensky noted the importance of the United States' efforts in the consolidation of international support for Ukraine. He also commended active cooperation with the United States in the field of security and defense, which contributes to strengthening the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

"We are not a member of NATO yet. Therefore, only a powerful Ukrainian army is the key to the security of our state," he said.

Both leaders discussed sanctions should Russia escalate its aggression.

The issue of increasing Ukraine's financial and energy stability against the background of current challenges was also discussed.

Zelensky thanked Biden for his support and invited him to visit Ukraine: "I am convinced that your arrival in Kyiv in the coming days, which are crucial for stabilizing the situation, will be a powerful signal and contribute to de-escalation."

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