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White House: Zelenskyj expected in Washington on Wednesday

origin 1Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanks soldiers before presenting medals for heroism to frontline troops during a visit to defensive lines in Bakhmut. Ukrainian Presidency/Ukrainian Presidency/Planet Pix via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to visit Washington on Wednesday in his first foreign trip since the Russian invasion of his country began, the White House reported.

US President Joe Biden “looks forward to welcoming President Zelenskyy tomorrow, December 21, to the White House, after which President Zelenskyy will address a joint session of Congress, demonstrating strong bipartisan support for Ukraine,” he said. the White House said in a statement. .

The White House said that, during the visit, Biden “will announce a significant new security assistance package to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression.”

Zelensky also confirmed the trip on Twitter in a post published alongside the White House statement.

“I am going to the United States to strengthen the resilience and defense capabilities of [Ukraine]Zelensky said, adding that his discussions with Biden will include bilateral cooperation.

“I will also give a speech to the Congress and a series of bilateral meetings,” added the Ukrainian leader.