Ukraine's Zelenskiy says he stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with U.S. after Biden call

FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a news briefing following talks with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda in Kyiv, Ukraine March 18, 2021. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy thanked the United States for its support after speaking to U.S. President Joe Biden by phone on Friday.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder when it comes to preservation of our democracies,” Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter. “The American partnership is crucial for Ukrainians.”

Zelenskiy’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, told Interfax Ukraine that the conversation lasted about 50 minutes.

Reporting by Ilya Zhegulev, Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets; Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Andrew Heavens