Biden to host White House visit for Ukraine president at heart of Trump’s first impeachment

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President Joe Biden will host Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House on 30 August as the US nears a deal with Germany for a gas pipeline project opposed by Ukrainian officials.

It also marks Mr Zelensky’s first White House visit under Mr Biden’s presidency, following his entanglement in Donald Trump’s first impeachment after the former president pressured his Ukraine counterpart to investigate then-candidate Biden and his son Hunter in exchange for military aid.

A forthcoming preliminary agreement around the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will reportedly allow its completion without additional sanctions, though the project has faced intense scrutiny from Ukraine, Poland and other countries over security concerns.

“The visit will affirm the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea, our close cooperation on energy security, and our backing for President Zelensky’s efforts to tackle corruption and implement a reform agenda based on our shared democratic values,” according to a statement from White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

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