Delegation of US lawmakers suddenly reached Kyiv, met Zelensky
Washington: A delegation of senators, including Republican Party Leader Mitch McConnell in the US Senate, met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Saturday as part of an unannounced visit. . During this, he expressed America’s solidarity with Ukraine in the war with Russia. “Our delegation reiterates to President Zelensky that the United States stands firmly with Ukraine,” McConnell said in a statement issued after the delegation left Ukraine. America’s support will remain until Ukraine wins this war.
In a video shared on Zelensky’s Telegram account, McConnell, Susan Collins, John Brasso and John Cornyn are seen meeting him in the capital, Kyiv. The Ukrainian president described the visit in his Telegram post as a “strong sign of bipartisan support for Ukraine from the US Congress and the people”. In a video address later in the night, Zelensky said, “I believe this visit by US lawmakers demonstrates the strong ties between the American people and Ukraine.” We discussed stronger cooperation for Ukraine, including defense and finance, as well as further tightening of sanctions against Russia.
This visit of the US delegation comes at a time when the Senate is working on approving a package of about $ 40 billion for Ukraine. This is the second visit of a high-level US Congressional delegation to Ukraine in the past several weeks. Earlier, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Ukraine on May 1 with a group of Democrat lawmakers. During this, he promised Zelensky that America would stand with him until the war ended.
At the same time, First Lady Jill Biden traveled to western Ukraine last weekend to meet Zelensky’s wife Olena Zelenska on Mother’s Day.