President Zelenskyy’s meeting with President Biden in Washington at the beginning of September is eagerly anticipated in Kyiv. The Ukrainian leadership needs the United States as a key ally in countering an aggressive Russia and for paving the way to closer Euro-Atlantic integration.
Yet despite continued military assistance, the waiving of US sanctions on Russia’s Nordstream2 pipeline has raised questions about Biden’s overall strategic priorities and his specific support for Ukraine. The Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s south-eastern border and its role in ongoing hostilities in Donbas make the security situation as fragile as ever.
This event discusses the results of the meeting in Washington and explores how President Biden’s stance will differ from that of both the Trump and Obama administrations’ approaches to Kyiv. The speakers also outline both countries’ expectations and discuss a viable strategy for US-Ukraine cooperation that would contribute to increased security.
David Arakhamia, Head of the Servant of the People faction, Parliament of Ukraine
Alyona Getmachuk, Director, New Europe Center
William Taylor, Vice President, Strategic Stability and Security, United States Institute for Peace
Kurt Volker, Distinguished Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis
Chair: Robert Brinkley, Chairman, Steering Committee, Ukraine Forum, Chatham House