Zelensky said he had talked with the delegation about US support for Ukraine and increased sanctions against Russia.

“I believe this visit once again demonstrates the strength of bipartisan support for our nation and the strength of the ties between Ukraine and the American nations,” Zelensky said.

CNN previously reported that Zelensky had asked President Joe Biden to nominate Russia as a national supporter of terrorism.

The Ukrainian president added in a speech on Saturday that he “thanked the historic decision to renew the Lend-Lease program” during his visit to the Republican delegation.

Biden signed the Ukrainian Democracy Defense Loan Act earlier this week. A new law that relaxes some of the requirements for the United States to lend or lease military equipment to Ukraine has been passed by a bipartisan majority in the US House of Representatives and the Senate. The sponsor said the law would give Biden much broader authority to help Ukraine protect itself from Russia and address ways the United States could deliver weapons to Ukraine faster.

Zelensky said in an Instagram account on Saturday that the Republican delegation’s visit was “a strong sign of bipartisan support for Ukraine from the US Congress and the American people.”

He added to Instagram:

Republican Senator Susan Collins in Maine, John Barrasso in Wyoming, and John Cornyn in Texas were also seen to meet Zelensky in videos and photos posted on the Ukrainian President’s social media account.

It was unknown on Saturday night if the delegation was still in the Ukrainian capital.

Since Russia’s invasion of Eastern European countries in late February, McConnell and other senators have become the latest US officials to visit Ukraine. Two weeks ago, house speaker Nancy Pelosi led the first parliamentary delegation to Ukraine since the outbreak of the war. Pelosi met Zelensky in Kieu with the addition of several senior Democrats.
First Lady Jill Biden met Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska last weekend in Uzhhorod, on the Slovak border, at a renovated school now used as a temporary housing for refugees. US Secretary of Defense Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Zelensky in Kieu last month.
Parliament is about to pass a $ 40 billion aid bill that will provide Ukraine with military and humanitarian assistance. At a rare unity show, McConnell and Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer called for a swift passage of the bill this week after the House of Representatives pushed the bill in a bipartisan vote. However, Senate efforts were thwarted Thursday by Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul, who demanded a change in the bill. The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week, forcing Schumer to take procedural steps to overcome Paul’s objections before sending them to President Joe Biden’s desk.

A statement posted on Zelensky’s official website after a meeting with the Republican Senate said Ukrainian leaders hoped that the U.S. Senate would promptly approve a package of additional funding to help the Ukrainian people. I have stated. “

This story has been updated with additional details.


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