The press release issued by the President of Ukraine on 22 December 2022.
As part of his visit to the USA, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
The Head of State thanked Nancy Pelosi for her leadership in providing support to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in all possible ways.
“Thank you very much for the invitation. It is a great privilege to be here to address the Congress and all Americans. This is a great honor for me,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said at a briefing after meeting with Nancy Pelosi.
He noted that he will speak in the Congress in English as a sign of respect and gratitude to the great American people who have supported Ukraine in the struggle for freedom and common democratic values from day one.
The President emphasized that the US Congress is a great friend of the Ukrainian people and the freedom of our country.
The Head of State expressed hope for the continuation of solid bicameral and bipartisan support of Ukraine in the Congress, thanks to which our country receives the much-needed military, financial and humanitarian aid.
During the briefing, Nancy Pelosi noted that it is a great privilege and pride to welcome President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the Capitol.
“You are visiting us at a time when Congress is preparing another consequential round of security, humanitarian and economic aid. Hopefully it will happen within 48 hours,” she said.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives also welcomed President Joseph Biden’s decision to provide Ukraine with Patriot air defense systems, additional HIMARS and other important military assistance.
In addition, Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
The President discussed with the senators the need to maintain bicameral and bipartisan support for Ukraine in the future, which is extremely important for deterring Russian aggression and liberating Ukrainian territory.
The President expressed hope that the US Congress will approve a package of financial support for Ukraine in the amount of almost 45 billion dollars.
The parties also discussed the importance of designating PMC “Wagner” as a terrorist organization.
During the conversation with the majority and minority leaders of the Senate, Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that it is extremely important to support the Ukrainian initiative to create a special international tribunal for the crime of aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine and the implementation of an effective mechanism for Russia’s compensating for the damages caused to Ukraine.