Status: 22/09/2023, 08:48 a.m.
By: Robert Wagner
After his visit to Washington, Zelensky travels to Canada unannounced and meets Prime Minister Trudeau - with a clear goal. The news ticker.
- From Washington to Canada: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
- New weapons for Kyiv: Zelensky hopes for further US support in Ukraine war
- Criticism is getting louder: More and more Republicans criticize US President Joe Biden for helping Ukraine
Update from September 22, 08:45 a.m.: Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to Canada, according to Justin Trudeau, has a clear goal: to help "ensure that the Ukrainian people can continue to defend themselves against Russia's brutal and unjustified invasion," according to the prime minister's office. According to US media, after his visit to Ottawa, Zelensky is planning a short trip to Toronto to meet compatriots there. Around 70,000 people with Ukrainian roots live in the Canadian city.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, greets Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, and his wife Olena Zelenska upon their arrival at Ottawa airport. © Justin Tang/dpa
Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets Justin Trudeau
Update of September 22, 4:20 a.m.: After his visit to the United States, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues his trip abroad with a stopover in neighboring Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will receive him in the capital Ottawa, the Canadian government surprisingly announced on Thursday evening (local time).
During his stay in the NATO country, which is planned until Friday, Zelenkyj is also scheduled to give a speech to parliament. After that, the Ukrainian president will travel on to Toronto, where he will meet with Canadian business leaders.
Biden assures Zelensky of further support
Update from September 21, 23:40 p.m.: US President Joe Biden has received Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky at the White House, assuring him of further support in the war against Russia. The U.S. would ensure that the "world stands with Ukraine," Biden said during a conversation with Zelensky in the Oval Office. Zelensky thanked the United States for its support in the fight against "Russian terror". Earlier, he met with senators and congressmen at the Capitol and held "very strong" talks behind closed doors, the Ukrainian president said
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US President Joe Biden (right) meets his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in the Oval Office of the White House. © Evan Vucci/dpa
Meanwhile, Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan announced a new package of military aid to Kyiv. However, he clarified that the package does not include ATACMS missiles, which Zelensky wants. After careful consideration, Biden decided against supplying these effective long-range missiles, Sullivan said. "But he doesn't rule it out for the future either."
Support in the Ukraine war: Zelensky arrives in Washington
Washington D.C. - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has arrived in the US capital Washington for his visit after his appearance at the UN General Assembly in New York. On Thursday morning, he spoke with members of the U.S. Parliament. After a meeting with senators, he was optimistic: "We had a great conversation," Zelensky said, according to the German Press Agency (dpa). The head of government of Ukraine, which has been invaded by Russia, is grateful for the support his country is receiving from the United States.
Ukraine war: Volodymyr Zelenskyy hopes for further US support
The US is by far Ukraine's most important partner in the war against the Russian aggressor. Zelensky is seeking further support in the defensive fight against the Russian invasion. In particular, Kyiv hopes that the Biden administration will provide Ukraine with long-range ATACMS missiles that could turn the tide in the Ukraine war. US President Joe Biden will meet Zelensky in the afternoon (local time).
It is already Zelensky's second visit to Washington since the beginning of the Ukraine war. On his first visit at the end of December 2022, the Ukrainian president was received like a hero and addressed both chambers of the US Congress to the cheers of representatives and senators. In the meantime, however, the political climate in the US has changed.
USA: More and more Republicans criticize military aid to Ukraine
According to polls, the willingness of the American public to support Kyiv in the Ukraine war is declining, as reported by the New York Times. Republicans have long criticized the Biden administration's latest Ukraine aid package, which is worth $24 billion. There is considerable skepticism in their ranks as to whether the US should continue to pump money on a large scale into a war whose end is not in sight. In front of the Capitol and escorted into the building, Zelensky was greeted by the Democratic minority leader in the House of Representatives, Hakeem Jeffries.
Since last January, the Republicans have had a majority in the House of Representatives, ensuring that Zelensky will be received less euphorically this time. Leading representatives of the Republicans stayed away from the meeting with Zelensky in Congress. Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, refused to allow the Ukrainian president to address both chambers of parliament. "We don't have time for a joint meeting," he said, according to CNN.
Following his visit to the Capitol, Zelensky arrived at the Pentagon and was received by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. (With agent material)