After spending the weekend in Argentina for the inauguration of Javier Milei, Zelensky arrived in the US capital and his first immediate activity was a speech at the National Defense University, along with the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, the Pentagon reported. Ukrainian President Zelensky said that Your country has the United States to combat Moscow’s invading troops and that delays in military aid are a “dream come true” for his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
Zelensky’s sayings in his speech
“Putin must lose.”Zelensky stated in his speech. “You can count on Ukraine and we hope to be able to count on you,” he emphasized.
However, he warned that “if there is anyone who is happy about the unresolved issues on Capitol Hill (the US legislative headquarters), it is only Putin and his sick clique.”
The United States is kyiv’s main military ally in the war unleashed after the Russian invasion, but Washington’s support is in danger after Congress blocked a package of $106 billion in emergency aid intended mainly for Ukraine and Israel.
The crucial day for Zelensky in the United States
The day Tuesday the ukrainian president will meet then with the Democratic leaders and Senate RepublicansChuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell, respectively, as well as with the new president of the House of Representatives (low), Republican Mike Johnson.
The renewal of the funds in question, which could run out in the coming weeks, was blocked by conservative congressmenwhich conditioned the aid package on the approval of reforms to stop the illegal entry of immigrants on the border with Mexico and which were rejected by Democrats.
The Ukrainian ruler will also meet with Biden at the White House. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: Zelensky’s visit “underscores the unwavering commitment of the United States” with Ukraine, which in February will enter its third year of combat against the invasion launched by Russia at the beginning of 2022.
Throughout the conflict, which devastated entire regions of Ukraine and displaced millions from their homes, Ukrainian forces They relied heavily on the multimillion-dollar military aid that a coalition of Western countries led by the United States was providing.both in ammunition, weapons, as well as in economic and social assistance.
This blocking of the special package was a strong setback for Biden, who had urged legislators to approve it, warning that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin would not stop with victory in Ukraine and could even attack a member nation of the NATO Atlantic alliance.
“This can’t wait”Biden said in a televised speech at the White House last week.
“Frankly, I think it’s impressive that we’ve gotten to this point in the first place, where Republicans in Congress are willing to give Putin the biggest gift he could hope for,” Biden added.
The move Putin made to have Trump’s support
At the beginning of DecemberPutin signed a decree to increase Russian forces by 15 percent in order to support the invasion of Ukraine, increasing the Army by about 170,000 troops.
Moscow has recently given slight signals about a possible peace agreement, although one involving a reduced and neutral Ukraine, something impossible for Zelensky to accept.
The most conservative wing of the Republican Party, led by the former president (2017-2021) and candidate for the 2024 elections donald trump, flatly rejects renewing aid to Ukraine.
“The best for himThe United States’ interests are to accept that Ukraine will have to cede some territory to the Russians. and we have to bring the war to an end,” Sen. JD Vance, a close Trump ally, said Sunday.