Volodimir Zelensky will visit the US Congress next week, according to the press

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Volodimir Zelensky will visit the US Congress next week, according to several media outlets which relayed the information after a US official said the Ukrainian president was expected to meet his US counterpart Joe Biden on Thursday.

Punchbowl News, an American political news site, said Friday that Volodimir Zelensky’s visit to Congress was tentatively scheduled for Thursday. The Washington Post also reported that the Ukrainian president was expected to visit the US Congress on Thursday, while the Wall Street Journal reported that he would meet with US lawmakers.

Representatives of Volodimir Zelensky and members of Congress could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ukraine’s president will travel to Washington after his planned visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

The visit comes as Joe Biden pressures US lawmakers to provide an additional $24 billion for Ukraine and other international needs amid the Russian invasion.

All funding must be approved by Congress. Joe Biden’s Democratic camp controls the US Senate, but the Republicans have a narrow majority in the House of Representatives and have been recalcitrant in the face of the request for additional funds for Ukraine.

(Report by Susan Heavey, French version by Stéphanie Hamel, edited by Blandine Hénault)


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