Our Best Stuff From the Week of Zelensky’s World Tour

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrives in Hiroshima, Japan to attend the G-7' summit on May 20, 2023. (Photo by Ukrainian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Hello! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is spending his at the G-7 Summit in Japan, where he was given a red-carpet welcome and is meeting with leaders to discuss cooperation and support for the Ukrainian war effort. 

It’s the culmination of a series of trips he’s taken over the last week to bolster support. Some of the leaders he’s meeting with in Japan—U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni—are very familiar to him since he just met with them last weekend. He also visited Saudi Arabia to attend the Arab League summit on Friday. 

“I think we can all be united in saving people from the cages of Russian prisons,” he said at the Arab League summit. “Unfortunately, there are some in the world and here among you who turn a blind eye to those cages and illegal annexations,” he continued, “and I am here so that everyone can take an honest look no matter how hard the Russians try to influence.”

One reason Zelensky is making this world tour is because the support provided thus far by the United States is in danger of running out. As Politico noted this week, “The $48 billion Ukraine aid package that Congress approved in December has about $6 billion left, meaning U.S. funding for weapons and supplies could dry up by midsummer.”

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