President’s Office reveals agenda of Zelenskyy's trip to U.S.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:instagram.com/zelenskiy_official)
The “extremely significant" visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the United States will refute Russia's attempts to show that U.S.-Ukrainian relations are cooling, presidential advisor Mykhailo Podoliak told the Reuters news agency on Dec. 21.
"Mr Zelenskyy's official visit to the United States, which began immediately after his visit to the hottest point of the war – Bakhmut – is highly symbolic,” Podolyak said.
According to him, Zelenskyy's trip itself and the level of scheduled meetings "unequivocally testify to the high degree of trust between the countries."
Podolyak added that Zelenskyy would be able to show the American political elite the "real scale" of the war, its true nature and the importance of ending it properly — that is, on the right terms.
"Fourth – weapons, weapons and more weapons,” he noted.
“It is important to personally explain why we need certain types of weapons. In particular, armored vehicles, the latest missile defense systems, and long-range missiles.”
Podolyak believes that Zelenskyy would show why providing Ukraine with such weapons will not lead to an escalation of the war, but will sharply reduce Russia's military potential.
"In my opinion, the visit will undoubtedly activate and optimize key areas of military cooperation, further mobilize bipartisan political support, and more clearly paint a picture of the future if the war is not ended correctly," he concluded.
Zelenskyy set off on an unannounced trip to the United States on Dec. 21, which is his first visit abroad since the start of the full-scale war. He is expected to address the U.S. Congress and meet with President Joe Biden.
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