UPDATED 10:10 AM PT – Saturday, April 3, 2021
More than two months after taking office, Joe Biden held his first official phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart.
According to the White House on Friday, Biden emphasized the desire to fight corruption and implement a reform agenda based on the shared democratic values of the two nations.
Biden spoke with Ukraine’s president today and “affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression,” per the White House. pic.twitter.com/U55AylyV6o
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Biden faced extreme backlash during his campaign for his family’s connection to alleged corruption in Ukraine last year.
Tensions are brewing between Ukraine and Russia, as NATO is warning of an increased Russian military presence at the border.
“We’ve seen this movie before of the disinformation campaign that Russia has implemented in the past as it relates to their aggressions at the border of Ukraine,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated. “So that is certainly something we’re watching, we are concerned about, and we will continue to communicate from here, but also with our partners in Europe about.”
The White House has not revealed whether President Trump’s calls for an investigation into Biden’s ties to the country were discussed.