Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in an interview with Axios published on Sunday, implored President Biden to meet with him before Biden’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he would meet “at any moment and at any spot on the planet.”
Zelensky told Axios that the Biden administration had not informed him that Biden would be waiving sanctions against the Russian pipeline, which Ukraine sees as a threat to national security, instead learning of Biden’s decision through the news.
The pipeline — Nord Stream 2 — is being built through Germany and is reportedly nearing completion. It will allow Russia to send gas to western Europe without passing through Ukraine, isolating the nation. Zelensky said the U.S. is the only power capable of stopping it.