Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, will speak to a joint meeting of Congress next week, giving U.S. lawmakers a chance to show solidarity with Ukraine in its battle against Vladimir Putin's Russia.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced on Wednesday that Poroshenko will deliver a speech in the Capitol on Sept. 18 during his first visit to the U.S. as president.
Poroshenko will be the second Ukrainian leader to address Congress. President Viktor Yushchenko did so in 2005, Boehner said.
Having President Poroshenko address Congress is another signal of our steadfast commitment to the aspirations of his people. It will be an honor and a privilege to welcome him to the United States Capitol.”
Poroshenko, 48, is known in his country as the "chocolate king" for his ownership of Ukraine's largest chocolate-maker, Roshen. A former foreign and trade minister, he won election as Ukraine's fifth president in May and took office in June.