Zelensky arrives at the U.S. Congress, preparing to address parliamentarians
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, who is currently on an official visit to the United States, arrived at the US Congress on Thursday, September 21. He is expected to have a private conversation with Republican and Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
This was reported by AP News. Zelensky will also meet with President Joe Biden at the White House and talk to US military leaders at the Pentagon.
According to the publication, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, who had previously promised Zelensky tough questions regarding Ukraine's future military efforts, decided not to join the Ukrainian president's congratulations in front of the cameras.
For example, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby called the Ukrainian president "our best messenger" to U.S. lawmakers, urging them to allocate vital funds and ensure the supply of weapons to Ukraine.
It is worth noting that the visit of the Ukrainian president takes place during hearings on the state budget in the US Congress, where senators and congressmen are considering the White House's request for additional financial assistance to Ukraine worth $23 billion. However, there are differences of opinion among Republicans on whether to approve this aid. Many Republicans also demand accountability for the money spent in Ukraine.
Joe Biden has called on world leaders to firmly support Ukraine, even if he faces internal political controversies in the United States. After all, the right wing of the Republicans under the leadership of former President Donald Trump, Biden's main rival in the fight for the White House in 2024, is violently opposed to the allocation of additional funds for foreign aid.
It was reported that the United States has provided $66.2 billion to Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale war, making Ukraine the undisputed leader in the list of recipients of US aid. In addition, this amount is a record one since World War II and the Marshall Plan.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Ukraine received another grant worth $1.25 billion from the United States The funds will be used to finance government spending that is not related to the army and defense. In particular, pensions and salaries for doctors, teachers and civil servants. It is noted that the American funds were transferred through a special fund of the World Bank and have already been transferred to the accounts of Ukraine.