Ukraine will open talks with the US next week on a bilateral security guarantee from Washington, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, said.
(Bloomberg) — Ukraine will open talks with the US next week on a bilateral security guarantee from Washington, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, said.
“We are starting the relevant negotiations with the United States next week,” Yermak told a congress of local and regional authorities in Ukraine’s Ivano-Frankivsk, according to a statement Sunday on the presidential website. “Security guarantees for Ukraine will be concrete and long-term commitments that will ensure Ukraine’s ability to win now and deter Russian aggression in the future.”
At least 10 countries have joined a declaration to provide bilateral guarantees to Ukraine until it can enter NATO, in the wake of the alliance’s summit in Vilnius, Yermak said. “We are already working on bilateral agreements with each of these partners.”
Yermak also said that Saudi Arabia will host a meeting of national security and political advisers “soon” to discuss support for Ukraine’s peace demands, following on from a meeting of Kyiv’s key backers and developing nations in Denmark in June. The goal is to reach a global summit of heads of state, which could take place by the end of the year, he said, according to the presidential website.
Overnight, drones damaged two office tower buildings in Moscow and triggered the temporary closure of one of the city’s airports. Russia blamed Ukraine, which hasn’t commented on the strikes.
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