09:21 21 Jan 2021

Ukraine is working to set up a meeting between Zelenskyi and Biden - Ambassador Yelchenko

The Ukrainian party is working on implementing Joe Biden's invitation to visit Kyiv and on a visit of Volodymyr Zelenskyi to the United States.

The ambassador of Ukraine to the USA Volodymyr Yelchenko informed about it, Ukrinform reports.

"It'll be one of the first issues we'll start a dialogue about with the new administration," the diplomat said in response to a question about a US President Biden's visit to Ukraine.

Yelchenko noted the presidents should make telephone contact first. "We are working on it now, I think it will happen soon enough," he said.

According to the ambassador, it's important to establish personal ties for diplomatic contacts and the development of further bilateral relations. "It's clear that the visit is the best opportunity for this, and we shouldn't forget about the possible visit of President Zelenskyi here (to the United States – ed.)," the diplomat said.

He noted that the new US administration will focus on specific issues given many politicians' awareness of the Ukrainian issue, including Biden personally.

"This is, first, the fight against corruption, because it's time to move from words to deeds. And the second is the reform of the judicial system," Yelchenko explained.

At the same time, he assured that contacts between Ukraine and the United States continued despite the pandemic.

"During this year, we and other countries have learned to work remotely. For example, in the coming days we will have a meeting of the joint American-Ukrainian group on disarmament and security virtually," Yelchenko said.

He also told about preparing the meetings of the joint strategic group and the foreign policy group. The diplomat notes that when the new US administration appoints officials, including in the Ukrainian direction, more substantive work will begin.

Yelchenko also said that no more than two dozen planned visits had taken place during the pandemic, including because of the illness of high-ranking delegation members. "I think it will all happen this year," the Ukrainian diplomat concluded.

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