Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Joe Biden will sign a security deal at the G7, demonstrating US resolve to Russia.

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Joe Biden will sign a security deal at the G7, demonstrating US resolve to Russia.

When Biden and Zelenskyy meet at the G7, they will sign a security pact between the US and Ukraine.
By Colleen Long and Darlene Superville for the Associated Press

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: The White House announced that President Joe Biden, who is traveling to Europe, will sign a bilateral security agreement between the US and Ukraine on Thursday when they meet on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Italy. The goal of this agreement is to signal to Russia that the US is committed to supporting Kyiv.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Joe Biden will sign a security deal at the G7, demonstrating US resolve to Russia.

The deal, according to national security adviser Jake Sullivan, would not commit US forces directly to Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s invasion. Biden drew this red line because he fears being dragged into a direct confrontation between the nuclear-armed nations. The agreement was announced just before Biden leaves for the summit of the world’s most powerful democracies, where he must move quickly to accomplish major goals, such as unlocking billions of dollars’ worth of frozen Russian assets to support Ukraine against the military apparatus of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“This agreement will show our resolve,” Sullivan stated, adding, “we want to demonstrate that the U.S. supports the people of Ukraine, that we stand with them, and that we’ll continue to help address their security needs.”

The gathering this year takes place three years after Biden said at his first one that America was once again a world leader in the wake of the upheavals to Western relationships during the administration of Donald Trump. Depending on the outcome of this year’s elections, there’s a risk that Biden and the other G7 leaders will not be joining this group again.

During the meeting, Biden and his colleagues from China’s economic might, the Russian military’s comeback, artificial intelligence, migration, and Germany, Italy, and Japan will address a variety of issues. The event is being held at the Borgo Egnazia resort in the Puglia region of southern Italy, and Zelenskyy, Pope Francis, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are attending.

The conference will take place on Thursday, following the unexpectedly large gains made by far-right parties throughout the continent in the recently ended European Union elections. These wins, together with the approaching elections in the US, France, and the UK, have unsettled the world’s political establishment and increased the significance of this year’s summit.

“We may not have another chance if we can’t get this done now, whether it’s on China or the assets,” stated Josh Lipsky, senior director of the GeoEconomics Center at the Atlantic Council, a think tank focused on international affairs. This is a common refrain heard from US and European officials. “After three, six, or nine months, we have no idea how the world will look.”

An informal group of industrialized democracies known as the G7 gets together once a year to talk about problems and concerns in common. On Wednesday night, Biden will land in Italy for his second trip abroad in as many weeks. Last week, the Democratic President visited France for a state visit to Paris and to participate in festivities commemorating the D-Day landings’ 80th anniversary in Normandy during World War II.

This tour will be dominated by urgent global issues, such as how to maintain financial assistance for Ukraine while it confronts Russia’s invasion, in contrast to last week’s celebration-themed visit. The president will undoubtedly be troubled by the news that his son Hunter was found guilty of federal gun charges the day before Biden leaves on his trip.

Referencing Biden’s 2021 speech at the G7 in England, White House national security spokesman John Kirby stated that despite urgent global challenges, world leaders are still relieved that “America was back” in 2024.

According to Kirby, Biden’s message at the time was that democracies must demonstrate their ability to serve their citizens. “That’s more true than it was before.”

Although some of the individuals being promoted have shown significantly less support for Ukraine than current leaders, Kirby stated that the US was willing to collaborate with democratically elected authorities in the EU regardless of their identity.

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