UPDATE 1-Ukraine's Zelenskiy to visit US Congress next week -reports
Reuters · 09/15 11:38
UPDATE 1-Ukraine's Zelenskiy to visit US Congress week -reports

Adds details on visit to U.S. Congress from reports, background on visit and U.S. funding

- Volodymyr Zelenskiy will visit the U.S. Congress week, according to media reports, after a U.S. official earlier said the Ukrainian president was expected to meet with U.S. President Biden on Thursday.

Punchbowl News on Friday said Zelenskiy's visit with Congress was tentatively scheduled for Thursday. The Washington Post also reported Zelenskiy was set to travel to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, while the Wall Street Journal said he would meet with U.S. lawmakers.

Representatives for Zelenskiy and congressional leaders could be immediately reached for comment on the reports.

Zelenskiy is expected to head to Washington week following his trip to New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting, the U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

His visit comes as Biden, a Democrat, presses U.S. lawmakers to provide
an additional $24 billion for Ukraine
and other international amid Russia's ongoing invasion.

Any funds must be approved by Congress. Biden's fellow Democrats control the U.S. Senate, but Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives and have signaled resistance to the additional funding request for Ukraine.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Alison Williams and Chizu Nomiyama)

((sheavey@thomsonreuters.com; +1-202-898-8300;))