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Biden and Zelensky to sign long-term security agreement at G7

Biden and Zelensky to sign long-term security agreement at G7

Bari, 12 June 2024 (dpa/MIA) - President Joe Biden and President Volodymyr Zelensky will sign a bilateral security agreement between the United States and Ukraine on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Italy on Thursday.

Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced the deal to journalists on Wednesday during the flight to Italy, which is hosting the two-day summit of Group of Seven (G7) leaders in the southern city of Bari.

Fifteen countries have already concluded similar long-term security agreements with Ukraine, including Britain, France and Germany.

Sullivan said the Biden administration's negotiations with Kiev have now been finalized. He did not give any concrete details about the content of the agreement, which he described as a "framework" for how the two countries work together to address security issues.

However, he emphasized that the pact would not include the obligation for Washington to deploy US troops to Ukraine, nor would it contain commitments to supply specific weapons systems.

"Our goal here is straightforward," Sullivan said. "We want to demonstrate that the US supports the people of Ukraine, that we stand with them, and that will continue to help address their security needs, not just tomorrow, but out into the future."

Sullivan also indicated that the agreement would state that the White House would work with Congress to find a way to provide "sustainable" support for Ukraine.

The Biden adviser said the security deals Kiev is negotiating help serve as a "bridge" until Ukraine's "ultimate membership in NATO."

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