He said this on the air of the “Espresso” TV channel.
“I think that President Zelensky had three goals. The first is to encourage the Americans to send more weapons to Ukraine, and more modern weapons at that. The second goal, even more important, was to increase American political support for Ukraine. It is important that this support continues, and I think that Zelensky’s address to Congress was intended to continue and increase that support. The third purpose is to hold strategic consultations with the President of the United States, because this is a wartime summit, reminiscent of the summit between Churchill and Roosevelt before the United States entered the war,” Fried explained.
According to the expert, Zelensky and Biden needed to have a face-to-face conversation about Ukraine’s survival in the war with the Russian aggressor.
“I don’t think the United States is going to war with Russia – we’re not going, we don’t want to, but we’re committed to continuing to support Ukraine. That’s why the two presidents needed to have a face-to-face conversation about Ukraine’s survival in a war with the Russian aggressor, which is ongoing, and it was a very serious conversation. We all want victory for Ukraine, as President Zelensky said. We had to check the clocks on what the battlefield looks like, what Russia looks like, what Putin looks like, and where we’re going. So it was an important summit,” Fried emphasized.
- Volodymyr Zelenskyi paid a visit to Washington on December 21. As the Ukrainian president noted, he went to the USA “to strengthen the stability and defense capability of Ukraine.” The Ukrainian president will also address the US Congress and hold a number of bilateral meetings.
- In the evening of December 21, the USA announced the provision of a new $1 billion military aid package to Ukraine, as well as an additional $850 million aid package. The Patriot air defense system is included in the aid package.
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