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The Ukrainian president made a new visit to Washington on Monday to demand new financial aid to fight against the Russian invader.

Agence France-Presse

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“We hope to be able to count on you”: the Ukrainian president launched a new appeal from Washington on Monday for the release of an envelope for his country at war, much debated in the American Congress.

The United States is the most important military support for Kiev since the Russian invasion in February 2022. But the promise of Democratic President Joe Biden to continue to financially support Ukraine is seriously endangered.

The US Congress failed last week to pass a component of more than 61 billion dollars. These funds are essential for Ukraine, whose counter-offensive in the summer did not bring the hoped-for territorial gains.

With his visit to Washington, Volodymyr Zelensky intends to increase pressure on the American ally.

Any delay in aid to Ukraine is a dream come true for Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said in a speech from the US capital.

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The leader was dressed in a khaki sweater bearing the message: I am Ukrainian.

America's commitment to supporting Ukraine against Russian aggression is unwavering, American Defense Minister Lloyd Austin, present at his side, tried to reassure.

The Ukrainian president then went to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to meet its director Kristalina Georgieva. The institution immediately announced the payment to Ukraine of 900 million dollars, as part of an aid plan announced in March.

But Tuesday will undoubtedly be the most crucial day of his trip.

Early in the morning, Volodymyr Zelensky will go to the US Congress, which has committed more than $110 billion since the start of the Russian invasion, but has not voted on a new envelope since last December.

The powerful institution is mired in very tense negotiations around the approval of new funds. Democrats are for, Republicans not exactly against, but demand in return for their vote major changes in US migration policy.

On At this point, the discussions are slipping.

In theory, elected officials only have until Friday – when the parliamentary recess begins – to reach an agreement. However, the White House has already warned that it will run out of money for Ukraine by the end of the year.

If there is anyone who rejoices in the endless negotiations at the Capitol, it is Putin and his clique of deranged people, accused Volodymyr Zelensky Monday.

The Ukrainian president will be received Tuesday morning by Senate leaders, Democrat Chuck Schumer and Republican Mitch McConnell – two supporters of aid. ;Ukraine.

After a speech in front of all the senators, he will meet the president of the other chamber of Congress, the speaker Republican Mike Johnson.

The latter must deal with the most Trumpist fringe of his party, which has already made it known that it will no longer validate a single cent for Kiev.

After his marathon in Congress, Volodymyr Zelensky will go to the White House where he will speak with Joe Biden.

We are delighted with this visit, underlined a spokesperson for the American executive, John Kirby. This is an opportunity for the president to receive the latest news from the front […], but also to make clear to the Ukrainian people that we will continue to support them, especially in this very difficult time. difficult, he said.

Ukrainian officials insist that they need more weapons to prevent Russian strikes from plunging millions of people into darkness this winter, like last year.

Aware that the sense of emergency has faded in Washington since the start of the war, President Biden had asked Congress to couple his request for x27;aid for Ukraine to another of around 14 billion for Israel, a US ally in war against Hamas.

But the atmosphere has changed a lot since Mr. Zelensky's first visit to the American capital, in December 2022.

Anticipating the risk of weariness of the great American ally, the Ukrainian president had already gone to Washington in September.

His visit had however not did not have the expected effect: plunged into a series of internal crises, Congress ultimately did not approve new funds for its offensive.

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