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American parliamentarians invite Zelensky to hold speech at Congress session

American legislators believe that by inviting Ukraine’s President to attend the joint session of Congress, they will give a strong message to the Russian authority: Americans stand side by side with the Ukrainian nation
12:41, 11 July 2019

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A group of American parliamentarians wants to invite President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to deliver a speech at the joint meeting of the American Congress. The co-chairs of the Ukrainian caucus in the Congress appealed to Spokesperson of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, as Ukrinform news agency reported.

“As co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus, we respectfully urge you to invite President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, to address a joint meeting of Congress,” the letter reads.

The U.S. Congress members Marcy Kaptur, Andy Harris, Brian Fitzpatrick, and Mike Quigley signed the letter.

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The document reads that Zelensky should visit the U.S. under the invitation of the White House.

“We welcome the high-level engagement, and ask that Congress extend a hand of friendship to the newly elected President with such an invitation,” the letter reads.

The U.S. Congress notes that Ukraine has to deal with such challenges as the fight against Russian aggression, counterwork against inherited corruption, provision of economic growth and prosperity of the Ukrainian nation.

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“Russia is intent on escalating its aggression as evidenced by the illegal seizure of 24 Ukrainian soldiers and three naval vessels in the waters of the Kerch Strait,” the statement says.

American legislators believe that by inviting Ukraine’s President at the joint session of Congress, they would give a strong message to the Russian authority: Americans stand side by side with the Ukrainian nation.

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