Zelensky stated on his Instagram account that the go to “is a powerful sign of bipartisan assist for Ukraine from the United States Congress and the American folks.”
He added: “Thank you on your management in serving to us in our wrestle not only for our nation, but in addition for democratic values and freedoms. We actually admire it.”
Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John Barrasso of Wyoming and John Cornyn of Texas had been additionally seen assembly Zelensky in video and pictures posted to the Ukrainian president’s social media accounts.
It’s unclear whether or not the assembly happened Saturday and whether or not the delegation continues to be within the Ukrainian capital.
McConnell and the opposite senators are the latest US officers to go to Ukraine since Russia invaded the japanese European nation in late February. Two weeks in the past, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led the primary congressional delegation to Ukraine since conflict broke out. Pelosi, joined by a number of senior House Democrats, met with Zelensky in Kyiv.
First girl Jill Biden met final weekend with Ukrainian first girl Olena Zelenska in Uzhhorod on the Slovakian border at a transformed faculty that now serves as momentary housing for displaced residents. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Zelensky in Kyiv final month.
Congress has been within the strategy of making an attempt to cross a roughly $40 billion help invoice that would supply Ukraine with navy and humanitarian help. In a uncommon present of unity, McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pushed for swift passage of the invoice this week, after the House had superior the measure in a bipartisan vote. That Senate effort, nonetheless, was blocked Thursday by GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky who has demanded adjustments to the laws. The Senate is now anticipated to cross the invoice someday subsequent week, with Schumer compelled to take procedural steps to beat Paul’s objection, earlier than sending it to President Joe Biden’s desk.
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