Zelensky arrived at the White House to meet with the American leader. There they will hold negotiations.
In front of the White House, Biden and his wife Jill met Vladimir and Elena Zelensky. After which they shook hands, took several photographs together and headed to the presidential residence.
During the Oval Office meeting, Zelensky told Biden he looked forward to their productive conversation with “a special emphasis on air defense.”
The President of Ukraine also commented on the situation around Ukrainian grain.
When asked by a journalist whether he is afraid that due to a dispute over grain exports, Ukraine may lose Poland as a partner, Zelensky noted: “I am grateful to the Polish people, Polish society. That’s all.”
In addition, in the Oval Office with Biden, Zelensky said that he and the first lady of Ukraine honored the victims of 9-11 at the Pentagon.
He thanked the United States for its assistance in the fight against “Russian terror,” as well as Poland for its support.
Following the talks at a joint news conference, Biden is expected to announce a new military aid package for Ukraine that will include additional HIMARS munitions, anti-tank weapons, artillery, ammunition and more DPICM cluster munitions.
Expectations from negotiations between Biden and Zelensky
As reported, US President Joe Biden will receive his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky at the White House. The parties will discuss a wide range of issues from security guarantees, military assistance to financial support for Ukraine.
The White House also said that Biden wants to personally hear from Zelensky a personal assessment of the developments at the front and the progress of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ counter-offensive.
Note that this is the third meeting of the leaders of the United States and Ukraine in 2023. Before this, the leaders met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Vilnius in July.
The media also learned that Biden will announce a new package of military assistance to Ukraine from the United States worth $325 million on the day of his meeting with Zelensky.
The package is expected to include a second tranche of cluster munitions for the 155mm howitzer, as well as new types of weapons. At the same time, Reuters wrote that long-range ATACMS missiles will not be included in the list.
Read more about the expectations from the meeting in the RBC-Ukraine article.
Zelensky arrived in Washington
As part of his working trip to the United States, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky arrived in Washington today.
As announced, Zelensky plans to visit Capitol Hill to meet with US lawmakers. After this there will be a meeting with Biden.
The president himself wrote online about important negotiations in Washington. According to him, among the top issues is air defense for Ukraine.
Also in Washington, Zelensky is scheduled to hold talks with the leaders of the chambers and parties of Congress and with the military leadership. In addition, the head of state will meet with American business, journalists and society.
Zelensky’s visit to the USA
Let us recall that the President of Ukraine began his visit to the United States with a visit to New York. He first visited the Ukrainian military at the clinic where the wounded are being treated and rehabilitated.
Zelensky also spoke in person at the UN General Assembly for the first time since the start of a full-scale war, took part in the Sustainable Development Goals Summit and also spoke at the UN Security Council. In addition, he had a number of bilateral meetings.
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