Ukraine's Zelensky expected to meet Biden during US trip

# 15 September 2023 03:39 (UTC +04:00)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to meet US President Joe Biden at the White House when he visits the US next week, US media report, APA reports.

Both leaders are also due to attend the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York that week, reports CBS News, the BBC's US partner.

Other US outlets report that he will also visit Capitol Hill to lobby for more US aid to fight Russia's invasion.

The US provides billions in weapons and aid to fund Ukraine's military.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Ukraine last week to announce the newest aid package amounting to more than $1bn (£800bn). The aid includes depleted uranium tank shells, which the US had previously said would not be sent to Ukraine.

Last month, Mr Biden called on Congress to send another $24bn to Ukraine.

While at the UN headquarters in New York, where he is slated to deliver a speech to the assembly, Mr Zelensky is also reportedly planning to hold meetings with other visiting world leaders.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Thursday that he plans to sit down with his Ukrainian counterpart on the sidelines of the UN meetings.

As the BBC's Paul Adams in Kyiv has reported, there has been a narrative developing in some circles in recent weeks that Washington is frustrated with the slow pace of Ukraine's offensive.