US NewsBiden and Zelensky to sign pivotal security pact at G7 summit

Biden and Zelensky to sign pivotal security pact at G7 summit

Alarming news for Kyiv. "The future of the agreement is unclear"
Alarming news for Kyiv. "The future of the agreement is unclear"
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10:44 AM EDT, June 13, 2024

Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky will sign a security agreement at the G7 summit in Apulia. "The current U.S. administration fears that long-term support may be withdrawn if Donald Trump is reelected. The future of the agreement is uncertain," reports the "Washington Post".

According to the Washington-based newspaper, American officials hope the agreement between the U.S and Ukraine will transcend political divides.

"At the same time, they admit that Trump or any other future president could withdraw from the legally binding agreement, as it is not a treaty and will not be ratified by Congress," it reads.

It also reminds that Trump previously expressed skepticism about the situation in Ukraine, claiming he could end the conflict between Moscow and Kyiv within a day. In his opinion, Europe should bear a larger burden of supporting Kyiv. However, he signaled his approval for Congress to aid Ukraine this spring.

The agreement does not include any new commitments regarding Ukraine's prospects for joining NATO.

"The pact does not obligate Washington to send soldiers to defend Ukraine if it is attacked, unlike NATO promises, which say: one for all, all for one," writes the "Washington Post," citing an anonymous administration official.

The pact does not specify the amount to be allocated for supporting Kyiv by Washington.

Individuals familiar with the terms of the agreement say that the U.S. commits to conducting high-level consultations with Kyiv within a day if Ukraine is attacked again by Russia. Furthermore, the U.S. president will work with Congress to implement the agreements on Ukraine's security.

Sources cited by the Washington Post also say the United States will continue to train Ukrainian troops, deepen cooperation in the defense industry's production, and share much more intelligence information than currently. They will also help Ukraine build deterrent forces in different areas: air, sea, and cyberspace.

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