Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky received a delegation of US parliamentarians in Kyiv led by Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican minority in the US Senate, according to a statement issued by the Ukrainian presidency, Saturday.
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I look forward to the United States’ support for further sanctions. In addition, we believe that Russia should be officially recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Volodymyr Zelensky said during their meeting, in the press release.
He also thanked “the United States for its leadership in support of Ukraine,” saying that it protects not only his country “but also democratic values and freedoms, the right of nations to freely choose their future.”
In his daily video address, Volodymyr Zelensky said in the evening that “this visit once again demonstrates the strong bipartisan support for our state, the strength of relations between the American and Ukrainian peoples,” noting that he discussed “financial and military issues.” Ukraine and sanctions against Russia.
A video posted earlier today on Volodymyr Zelensky’s Instagram account showed a small group of US lawmakers walking through the grounds of the Presidential Palace in Kyiv, before being greeted by the Ukrainian president on the stairs.
In addition to Mitch McConnell, the American delegation formed several experienced Republican senators. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had already made a surprise visit to Kyiv at the end of April, it was revealed the next day.
The visit comes as the US Congress took a first step on Tuesday toward releasing a staggering $40 billion envelope for Ukraine, which has yet to be voted on by the Senate before President Joe Biden can sign it into law.