Nancy Pelosi paid a publicly unannounced visit to the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy over the weekend, becoming the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Ukraine since Russia invaded in February. On Saturday, the House of Representatives led an official congressional delegation to the capital of Kiev, the first of its kind since the war broke out. The group included other senior Democrats in the House, such as the chairman of the intelligence committee Adam Schiff and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Gregory Meeks, reported Politico. “Our delegation traveled to Kiev to send an unmistakable and resounding message to the whole world: America stands firm with Ukraine,” the group said in a statement. Meeting with Zelenskyy, Pelosi told the Ukrainian president: “Our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is over.”
The visit, which came a week after the foreign minister Antony Blinken and Minister of Defense Lloyd Austin traveled to Kiev, bore significant security concerns. “While other groups of lawmakers plan to travel to nations bordering on conflict such as Poland during the forthcoming break in the House, no one planned to travel directly into the active war zone,” according to Politico, who noted that other U.S. lawmakers have visited landed unofficially. capacities. From last month, it also seemed unlikely that the president Joe Biden-as Zelenskyy has requested a visit from – or Vice President Kamala Harris would take a similar turn given the risks.
Pelosi, number two in the presidency, said the three hours she spent with the “dazzling” Ukrainian president were “a remarkable masterclass in leadership” when she spoke at a press conference in Rzeszow, Poland. Sunday. The trip to Kiev on Saturday by Pelosi and the small group of democratic legislators was kept secret until Sunday – at which time the group was already out of Ukraine, New York Times reported. Pelosi spent “just over three hours on the ground in Kiev,” according to CNN, before traveling to Poland to meet with the president Andrzej Duda and other top officials.
Pelosi made his surprise trip as Russian forces continue to attack Ukraine, and the besieged country is pressuring the United States and other allies to provide further assistance. Biden last week asked Congress to provide an additional $ 33 billion in military and economic assistance to Ukraine, an escalation that puts the United States “on track to spend as much this year on helping Ukrainians as it did on average each year. on fighting its own war in Afghanistan, “according to Times. “The signals that the United States and President Biden are giving today are very important,” Zelenskyy said during his meeting with Pelosi. “These are the latest strong steps in defense and financial support for Ukraine, as well as decisions on Lend-Lease,” citing the World War II program, which is accelerating the delivery of military assistance to Ukraine, which Parliament approved last week. “We are grateful for that,” Zelenskyy said. The Pelosi-led group repeated America’s continued support for Ukraine at Sunday’s press conference. “Nothing will fall, everything will rise,” Meeks said.
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