The invitation for Volodymyr Zelensky has been extended by the European Council President Charles Michel, the Reuters news agency reported.
Michel invited Zelensky “to participate in person in a future summit of the European Council,” his spokesperson said in a tweet.
The official added: “For security reasons, no further information will be provided.”
Zelensky to visit Brussels on Thursday?
The EU is preparing for a potential visit by the Ukrainian president to Brussels on Thursday, to meet with the bloc’s leaders and address the European Parliament, according to news reports.
The latest EU summit is scheduled for this Thursday and Friday in the Belgian capital, the US broadcaster CNN reported.
EU officials have declined to comment on reports of Zelensky’s imminent visit, according to Reuters.
They noted that if news of such a move leaked in advance, it could pose a greater security risk for Ukraine's leader and reduce the chances of him going ahead with the trip, Reuters reported.
If Zelensky does travel to Brussels this week, it will mark only his second foreign visit since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, according to news outlets.
In December, Zelensky visited the United States for talks with President Joe Biden and to address the US Congress.
Last week, top EU officials made a two-day visit to Kyiv, offering pledges of further support to Ukraine as it battles the Russian invasion.
Tuesday is day 349 of Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Source: PAP, Reuters, The Guardian, CNN, The Kyiv Independent