The European Parliament plans a possible visit by Zelenksyy in a few days

BRUSSELS — The European Union legislature was preparing plans on Monday to host Volodymyr Zelenskyy if the Ukrainian president decides to come to Brussels to attend an EU summit later this week.

Two sources in parliament, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, said such plans were only aimed at preparing the legislature to host Zelenskyy if security conditions allow him to attend at Thursday’s meeting.

“When he comes, we will be ready,” said one of the sources, stressing that due to security concerns, any decision could only be made at the last moment.

European leaders from the 27-nation bloc will meet for Thursday’s summit in Brussels, allowing Zelenskyy to meet with all the bloc’s top leaders in one day. Zelenskyy has often addressed EU summits only through video calls from Ukraine.

Zelenskyy has long had an open invitation to come to Brussels if he wishes.

It remains unclear whether Zelenskyy would be able to travel as Russian forces keep Ukrainian troops tied down by attacks in the eastern Donbass region, fearing a new Russian offensive is brewing.

EU Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Kyiv last Friday, where they told Zelenskyy he had the bloc’s unwavering support in the fight of Ukraine against Russia.

The only trip outside Ukraine that Zelenskyy took was a visit to Washington in December to ask for additional war aid and to thank Ukraine’s main financial and military supporters for their support.


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