17:55 21 Sep 2023

Zelensky held a meeting with US Congress leaders

Today, September 21, in Washington, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, held a meeting with the leaders of the Congress of the United States of America.

This was stated by the speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress from the Republican Party, Kevin McCarthy, Rubryka writes with reference to The Guardian.

According to him, to the question "What do you need?" the president of Ukraine replied that Ukraine needs air defense and long-range artillery capable of hitting the Russians who occupied Crimea.

Based on Zelensky's description of the fighting conditions, McCarthy said that the US would not send their troops there in these conditions without providing more powerful air defense.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives added that the US and Ukraine cannot allow the situation to turn into a war of attrition.

"Putin wants to break the will of the American people and the Europeans, and they cannot allow that," he said.

McCarthy has expressed some disappointment with the administration of US President Joe Biden, saying they need to see a plan of victory win, accountability. Still, he believes he can win over Republicans skeptical about increasing aid and supplies to Ukraine.

The day before, it became known that on Thursday, September 21, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, will make a speech. He is to announce a new package of military aid to Ukraine.

Visit of the President of Ukraine to the USA

The Ukrainian president's plane landed in New York on the evening of September 18. According to the plan, Zelensky planned meetings with American politicians and businessmen, as well as a speech at the UN General Assembly. The visit will last from September 18 to 20.

First, Volodymyr Zelensky visited wounded Ukrainian defenders in a New York hospital.

On the same day, on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, Volodymyr Zelensky met with the President of the Republic of Kenya, William Ruto, and the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Later, in New York, the general debate opened as part of the high-level week of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly. Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky took part in the debate.

Also, on September 19, on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, held a meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres and the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also held a meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda in New York. They talked about the export of Ukrainian grain.

On September 21, Zelensky began his visit to Washington. The head of the state is expected to meet with American President Joe Biden and visit Capitol Hill, where the US Congress is located.

According to the mass media, the president of Ukraine will also fly to Canada for the first time since the beginning of the full-scale war.

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