Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday paid a willful wartime visit to the United States to thank leaders for their steady support in the war against Russia.
Zelensky met US president Joe Biden at the White House and gave a speech where he vowed that there would be “no compromises" to end the war. As the US is finalising a new USD 45 billion package for Ukraine, Zelensky guaranteed that US money to Ukraine is not a charity but an investment.
"It is an investment in global security and democracy. Ukraine did not fall; it is alive and kicking," he added.
He said that Ukraine needs peace and has already offered proposals, which he discussed with President Biden. He stated the “peace formula,” which listed the action plan that should and must be implemented for US-Ukraine collective security guarantees.
He stated that it would be “naive” to expect peace from Russia, which enjoys being a “terrorist state.”
He asserted that if Russia attacks Ukraine with its missiles, then Ukraine will do its best to protect itself.
If Russia attacks Ukraine with Iranian drones and Ukrainian citizens will have to go to bomb shelters on Christmas Eve, Ukrainians will still sit down at the equality table and cheer up each other, he added.
He said that being the president, peace is no compromise to the sovereignty, freedom, and territorial integrity of his country and payback for all the damages inflicted by Russian aggression.
He stressed that the longer the war lasts, the longer this aggression lasts.
“I thank @POTUS for the warm welcome and sincerely appreciate all the support of the U.S. and the American people. I am confident that together we will secure a better, prosperous, and free future for both of our nations. Ukraine’s victory will also be America’s victory, Zelsenky tweeted after the visit.