Ukraine’s President To Visit US

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News

KYIV/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – Ukraine’s wartime President Volodymyr Zelensky will travel to Washington on Wednesday, where he is due to visit the White House and address the U.S. Congress, several sources said Tuesday.

Security concerns might still impact the president’s first known trip aboard since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, according to officials familiar with the planning.

Zelensky was expected to meet U.S. President Joe Biden as well as the congressional leadership and national security committee chiefs from the Republican and Democratic parties. He might also address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, several sources confirmed.

His visit comes as lawmakers are due to vote on a year-end spending package that includes about $45 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine.

And in a warning to Moscow, the United States prepares to send Patriot surface-to-air missiles to the country to help stave off Russia’s invasion.

Kyiv has expressed concern that Russia is preparing to involve Belarus in the war by sending additional troops through that country. The Kremlin has denied it is preparing a new massive invasion.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Tuesday his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, the capital, to discuss closer cooperation.

Both leaders didn’t publicly discuss the Ukraine war during a news conference but Lukashenko indirectly referred to the conflict, joking that he and Putin are now seen as the most dangerous people on the planet.

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