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Biden will receive Zelenskyy at the White House on December 12

Washington —

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, will receive his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in Washington on December 12 to discuss the “urgent needs” of Kiev and the “vital importance” of defense support against Russia, he announced this Sunday at the White House.

Zelenskyy will arrive in Washington from Argentina, where he attended at the inauguration of President Javier Mileiin his first visit to Latin America since the beginning of the Russian invasion, in February 2022.

The invitation comes amid tense negotiations on an emergency package of $106 billion in aid to Ukraine and Israel and funds for security on the southern border of the United States, presented by the Biden administration to Congress, where trapped because of differences in handling the issue of immigration on the Republican bench.

This new visit of Zelenskyy to the White House took place “to underline the unwavering commitment of the United States to support the people of Ukraine in their defense against the brutal invasion of Russia,” indicated a statement from of the Press Secretary of the Democratic administration, Karine Jean Pierre. .

“As Russia escalates missile and drone attacks against Ukraine, the leaders will discuss Ukraine’s urgent needs and the critical importance of continued US support at this critical time,” the brief concluded. message.

Russia has redoubled its attacks on Ukrainian territory as part of its winter offensive. Experts insist Voice of America that sending military aid to kyiv is essential to the course of the war.

Meanwhile, Zelenskyy’s office announced on the Telegram messaging application that the Ukrainian leader will arrive in Washington tomorrow, Monday, on a working visit, which will include “a series of meetings and discussions,” including the meeting with Biden.

The main topics of the president’s visit will include defense cooperation between the US and Ukraine, “especially through joint projects in the production of weapons and air defense systems, as well as the coordination of efforts between our countries next year,” the communication added. from kyiv.

This Sunday, Zelenskyy attended the inauguration of libertarian Javier Milei as president of Argentina. In the greetings of the invited leaders and dignitaries, the Ukrainian leader, of Jewish origin, gave a menorah to his current Argentine counterpart on the occasion of the religious celebration of Hannukah.

This is his first trip to Latin America since the start of the war with Russia in February 2022. Before his participation in the inauguration of the new president of Argentina, the Ukrainian president met with his counterparts from Paraguay, Ecuador and Cape Verde in search of support for his country.

(With information from AP and Reuters)

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