Biden to host Zelenskyy next week, “additional weapons to go to Ukraine”: NSA Sullivan


September 16, 2023


Biden to host Zelenskyy next week, “additional weapons to go to Ukraine”: NSA Sullivan

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

WASHINGTON: US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that US President Joe Biden is set to host Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the White House, noting that it will be their third meeting.

Sullivan said, “President Biden will host President Zelensky of Ukraine here at the White House. And this will be their third meeting.”

Noting Russia’s desperate attempts to seek help from countries like North Korea, Sullivan further said, “It certainly comes at a critical time as Russia desperately seeks help from countries like North Korea for its brutal war in Ukraine as Ukrainian forces continue to make progress in the counteroffensive…”

He further emphasized on US’s support to Ukraine and said that Biden is looking forward to hear Zelenskyy’s perspective on this.

“President Biden looks forward to hearing President Zelensky’s perspective on all of this and to reaffirm for the world and for the United States, his commitment to continuing to lead the world in supporting Ukraine as it defends its independence, its sovereignty, and its territorial integrity,” Sullivan said during the briefing.

However, according to NSA Sullivan, the US always keeps on preparing new military packages for Ukraine.

“We are always preparing a new military package for Ukraine. We do these drawdown packages essentially every couple of weeks.”

He further highlighted that there will be an announcement soon on additional weapons for Ukraine. “I think you can anticipate that there will be a further announcement of additional resources and capabilities, additional weapons to go to Ukraine…,” he added.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will visit Washington, US, next week as he sets to make the case for ongoing aid-related discussions for his country, reported Al Jazeera.

Biden administration has asked Congress to provide USD 24 billion for Ukraine support, including USD 13.1 billion in additional military aid and USD 8.5 billion for humanitarian aid, reported Al Jazeera.