Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to visit the US next week and meet president Joe Biden, American media reports said.
The POTUS plans to host Zelenskyy at the White House. The two are slated to be in New York to attend the annual U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday, making Thursday the most likely date for their meeting in Washington, D.C, according to a CBS News report.
The Ukrainian top leader is scheduled to visit the US at a time when Congress is debating President Joe Biden’s request to provide $24 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine as it continues its fight against the Russian invasion, which started in 2022.
Joe Biden had urged the Congress to send another $24 billion to war-ravaged Ukraine in August.
Also Read: Zelenskyy adviser claims billionaire Elon Musk facilitated Russia to hit Ukrainian cities
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the European nation recently when he announced the newest aid package amounting to more than $1 billion.
The aid includes depleted uranium tank shells, which the US had previously said would not be sent to Ukraine, the BBC reported.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is imposing nearly 100 sanctions on Russian elites and Russia’s industrial base, financial institutions, and technology suppliers as the United States continues to leverage sanctions and economic restrictions to undermine Russia’s capacity to wage its war against Ukraine.
The Department of State also identified and sanctioned more than 70 Russian nationals after deeming their involvement in the ongoing conflict.
“With today’s sanctions, the United States is continuing our relentless work to target Russia’s military supply chains and deprive Putin of the equipment, technology, and services he needs to wage his barbaric war on Ukraine,” said Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen. “We have also made clear that those individuals and entities who profit from invasion and their proximity to the Kremlin will be held accountable, and today’s actions show our global reach in imposing severe costs on Putin’s oligarchs.”