Zelensky suddenly canceled his speech in the US Senate

Volodymyr Zelensky will join the G7 leaders’ summit via video link on Wednesday, the Japanese presidency announced, hours after the Ukrainian president unexpectedly canceled a virtual meeting with US senators.

As Russia continues its invasion for nearly two years, there are growing signs that Western support for Ukraine is waning, the counteroffensive is halting and President Vladimir Putin’s oil revenues are recovering .

The meeting, hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, will begin at 9:30 a.m. At Eastern Standard Time (4:30 p.m. Lithuanian time), V. Zelenskis will join the first part, government representative Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters.

Besides Ukraine, discussions will focus on the Middle East, support for developing countries and artificial intelligence, a White House official said.

On Tuesday, V. Zelenskiy unexpectedly canceled a planned video speech to US senators, he was going to request additional funds for Ukraine. Ukraine’s leader was expected to ask senators to vote Wednesday to approve an emergency aid package that would provide Kiev with more than $60 billion. U.S. dollars.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Zelenskiy was prevented from attending due to “last minute” obstacles, but he held the meeting anyway, which turned into a war of words. The US Congress is more divided than ever on support for Ukraine. The White House budget chief warned Congress Monday that if it is not possible to agree on new funds for Ukraine by the end of the year, the money intended in kyiv would be exhausted.

Yermak: Without American aid, the risk of losing the war would be high

Andrijus Yermak, head of the Ukrainian president’s office, said that without help from the United States, Ukraine could lose the war, UNIAN reports.

During his visit to Washington, A. Yermak urged the US Congress to approve additional funding for Ukraine. “If the aid currently being considered by Congress is delayed — I’m not saying it doesn’t pass — it puts us at great risk of finding ourselves in the same situation we find ourselves in now “And of course, it is very likely that it will no longer be possible to continue the liberation of the territories and there will be a high risk of losing the war,” he said, as quoted by Voice of America.

A. Yermak added that Ukraine needs not only military aid, but also budgetary support. “Ukraine is currently working with its partners to finalize the plan for next year. We want to win as quickly as possible, because almost two years have already passed and two years is a long time,” he said. -He underlines.

Currently, A. Yermakas, Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk are on an official visit to the United States.

Earlier, the Senate announced that consideration of a new aid program for Ukraine should begin this week.

Source: The Delfi

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