Zelensky's third U.S. trip focuses on crucial military Aid discussions

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.12 - 2023 12:19 PM CET

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is currently in the United States for an official visit, marking his third trip to the country since the onset of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine.

During his visit, Zelensky has met with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and General Charles Q. Brown, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also delivered a speech at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

In his address, President Zelensky highlighted a concerning issue: the delay by the U.S. Congress in approving new aid for Ukraine.

He emphasized that this hesitation is seen as a sign of encouragement by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Zelensky also expressed the viewpoint that Russia perceives Ukraine as a springboard for a larger, global war against freedom.

The Ukrainian President's visit, which is set to last two days, includes a scheduled meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden and an address to the Senate on December 12.

These engagements come at a critical time, as internal political disagreements in the U.S. Congress over further financial assistance to Ukraine have surfaced.

The Biden administration is pushing for a rapid allocation of funds, but faces opposition from Republicans in Congress, who are demanding concessions on other issues before approving new funding.

Zelensky's visit to the U.S. underscores the ongoing geopolitical significance of the conflict in Ukraine and the critical role of international support, particularly from the United States, in the region's stability and security.

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