In a significant diplomatic move, U.S. President Joe Biden is set to welcome Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the White House for their third meeting. The meeting, scheduled for Thursday, underscores the deepening partnership between the two nations amid Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine.
Speaking at a press briefing, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan emphasized the critical timing of the meeting, as Russia seeks support from countries like North Korea for its military campaign in Ukraine. He stated, “It certainly comes at a critical time as Russia desperately seeks help from countries like North Korea for its brutal war in Ukraine as Ukrainian forces continue to make progress in the counteroffensive…”
Sullivan reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine and expressed President Biden’s eagerness to hear President Zelenskyy’s perspective on the situation. He stressed that the U.S. remains committed to leading the world in supporting Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
Sullivan also revealed that the U.S. continually prepares new military aid packages for Ukraine, with announcements about additional resources and capabilities, including weapons, expected soon.
Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington comes as he advocates for ongoing aid discussions for his country. The Biden administration has requested Congress to allocate $24 billion for Ukraine support, including $13.1 billion in additional military aid and $8.5 billion for humanitarian assistance.
However, the aid request has faced resistance from some politicians, particularly within the Republican party. They have raised concerns about providing more funding and supplies to Ukraine as it confronts Russian forces.
Additionally, Zelenskyy’s visit aligns with ongoing debates in Congress over federal spending, with a looming September 30 deadline for budget approval. While Congress has previously approved over $113 billion in aid for Ukraine, the last funding allocation occurred in December, before the Republican party assumed control.