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Zelenskyy won't participate in secret U.S. Senate briefing, senator says

Zelenskyy won't participate in secret U.S. Senate briefing, senator says President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo: Vitalii Nosach- RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy won't participate in a secret briefing at the US Senate, reports CNN journalist Manu Raju, based on the words of Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader.

"Ukrainian President Zelenskyy is not going to attend classified briefing virtually anymore because of a last-minute matter," the announcement states.

According to legislators, Zelenskyy also did not virtually attend the House of Representatives briefing regarding Ukraine.

Earlier, Schumer had announced that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy would address American senators on Tuesday through a secure video conference. The conversation was supposed to take place during a classified briefing.

U.S. aid to Ukraine

On October 1, the US Congress passed a temporary budget bill, which did not include new funding for aid to Ukraine, as that initiative was set to be considered separately.

Following this, US President Joe Biden proposed allocating $106 billion to Congress, with the majority ($60 billion) intended for assistance to Ukraine. Funding was also proposed for Israel, the Indo-Pacific region, and border security.

According to reports, the president's initiative will be put to a vote in the upper house of Congress today, December 4.

The White House had stated that the United States would not be able to provide Ukraine with new weapons unless Congress allocates funding.