Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on the United States to provide more funding for his forces to counter Russia and invited former US President Donald Trump to Ukraine to see for himself the scale of the conflict, Reuters reported.
Zelensky said it is possible that US troops could eventually be drawn into a wider conflict with Russia in Europe if Washington does not step up its support, BTA reported. “If Russia kills all of us, it will attack NATO countries and you will send your sons and daughters (to fight),” Zelensky said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” broadcast today.
US President Joe Biden, who is a Democrat, is urging the country’s Congress to pass a bill for additional funding worth 106 billion dollars, the main part of which is intended to strengthen the Ukrainian defense, and the rest will be distributed between Israel, The Indo-Pacific region and border security.
The Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives instead passed its own spending plan. Last week, she passed a bill providing $14.3 billion in aid to Israel, but it did not include an increase in aid to Ukraine.
Senator Chuck Schumer, who leads the majority in the Democratic-controlled Senate, said he would not bring the House bill up for a vote, and Biden has vowed to veto it.
In the interview broadcast today, Zelensky also invited former US President Donald Trump, who is a Republican, to visit Ukraine and see the consequences of the conflict started by Russian President Vladimir Putin in February 2022.
Trump, who is seeking a second term in 2024 and is the front-runner for his party’s nomination, has sharply criticized US support for Kiev and said he could end the war within 24 hours if elected , notes Reuters.
“If he can come here, I will need … 24 minutes to explain to President Trump that he cannot handle this war,” Zelensky said. “He cannot bring peace because of Putin,” the Ukrainian president added.