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Senate Foreign Relations Committee wants John Boehner to invite Ukrainian president to speak to Congress

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit the White House on Sept. 18 to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine with President Obama, and Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are pressuring House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) "to invite the Ukrainian president to speak before a joint session of Congress," the Washington Examiner reports.

In their letter to Boehner, the senators write that "Ukraine faces a renewed battle for its economic and political sovereignty" after they "surprised the world" earlier this year to "stand their ground in Maidan Square in the face of violence and tyranny, in order to defend their beliefs and the very sovereignty of their nation against corrupt leader."

The senators said the Congressional meeting is "critically important" since Poroshenko "is on the front line of this conflict to determine the fate of Ukraine and the future of the international order."