US close to completing Ukraine bilateral security deal talks, US official says

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is close to completing negotiations on a bilateral security agreement with Ukraine that President Joe Biden announced last year at a G7 meeting, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

G7 nations, led by the U.S., unveiled a framework in July for the long-term security of Ukraine to boost its defenses against Russia.

The U.S. official's comment came after the Financial Times reported on Thursday that the U.S. and Ukraine were close to signing a bilateral security pact.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; writing by Paul Grant; editing by Rami Ayyub)