(Kyiv) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed to Kyiv a delegation of American parliamentarians led by Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican minority in the American Senate, according to a press release published on Saturday by the Ukrainian presidency.
“I look forward to US 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, quoted in the press release.
He also thanked “the United States for its leadership in supporting Ukraine”, saying that it was not only protecting 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 the ties between the American and Ukrainian peoples”, specifying that he had discussed the “support financial and military” to Ukraine and “sanctions against Russia”.
A video posted earlier today on Volodymyr Zelensky’s Instagram account showed the small group of US lawmakers walking through the grounds of the presidential palace in Kyiv, before being greeted on the steps by the Ukrainian president.
In addition to Mitch McConnell, several experienced Republican senators made up the American delegation. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi had already made a surprise visit to Kyiv at the end of April, which was revealed the next day.
This visit comes as the US Congress took a first step on Tuesday towards the release of a staggering envelope of nearly 40 billion dollars for Ukraine, which must still be voted by the Senate before being signed into law by the President. Joe Biden.