President of Ukraine Wants to Meet Biden, How's Putin?


 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will arrive in Washington on Wednesday to meet President Joe Biden at the White House and address Congress.

This is his first foreign visit since Russia launched the attack in February.

The White House announced the visit in a statement, describing it as a firm commitment by the United States to support Ukraine as long as needed, including through economic, humanitarian and military assistance.

Meanwhile, President Zelensky confirmed the visit in a tweet saying he was on his way to Washington.

Through a messenger inviting Zelensky to address a joint meeting of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the fight for Ukraine as a fight for democracy itself.

The visit comes as US lawmakers are set to vote on a year-end spending package that includes about $45 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine.

In the meantime, Biden also confirmed a new package of nearly $2 billion in security aid including a battery of Patriot missiles that will significantly increase the country's air defense capabilities.