Zelenskyy rushes to Washington to make case for continued army help

Zelenskyy rushes to Washington to make case for continued army help
Zelenskyy rushes to Washington to make case for continued army help

WASHINGTON: Ukraine’s President Voldymyr Zelenskyy is arriving on Washington DC on Wednesday afternoon on a quick go to, exiting his war-ravaged nation in a daring gesture at Moscow in an effort to shore up flagging help within the US for the almost year-long battle with Russia.
“On my approach to the US to strengthen resilience and protection capabilities of. In specific, @POTUS and I’ll focus on cooperation… I will even have a speech on the Congress and plenty of bilateral conferences,” Zelenskyy tweeted on Wednesday morning as phrase of his go to leaked out.
“I hope you are having a superb flight, Volodymyr. I’m thrilled to have you ever right here. Much to debate,” Biden responded a short while later, indicating Zelensky is already en path to US. This might be Zelensky’s first go to to the US, or to any nation, since Russia started its invasion on February 24.

Zelenskyy is arriving in Washington round midday EST and can meet Biden at 2pm, following which they’re anticipated to carry a joint information convention on the White House. He will later handle a joint session of US Congress, the place lawmakers have packed in almost $ 44 billion in army help for the battle on Russia in an enormous $ 1.7 trillion spending invoice, amid deep reservation from some legislators.
Besides outlining new US help, Biden can be anticipated to announce he’s sending a Patriot missile system to the Ukraine. Russia has stated the supply of Patriot missiles will result in an “aggravation of the battle” and does “not bode properly for Ukraine.”
The Ukraine president in flip is anticipated to make a case for why American taxpayers, who will finally foot the invoice for the battle, ought to proceed to help his nation. Zelenskyy’s spouse Olena had made the case in July this 12 months, telling US lawmakers in an handle to Congress: “I’m asking you one thing now I’d by no means wish to ask, I’m asking for weapons. Weapons that may not be used to wage a battle on any person else’s land, however to guard one’s residence.”
Recent polls have proven flagging help for US army help to Ukraine, notably amongst Republicans, who will take cost of the US House on January 20.
While help amongst American public for army help to Ukraine stays strong, Republican backing has declined to 55 %, down from 68 % in July and 80 % in March.
“Expect many properly deserved standing ovations when #Zelensky speaks tonight to Congress. He wouldn’t be making this journey if help in US wasn’t reducing whereas Russians take out power sources and bombard cities. This is a gross sales pitch to congress and public. Stick w/ Ukraine,” former White House spokesperson Jen Psaki tweeted forward of the go to.

Outgoing House speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will cede her seat to a Republican Speaker subsequent month, stated Zelenskyy’s go to to the Capitol “would deliver honor to Congress.”

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