The US will be there for Ukraine until the fight with Russia is “done,” the House speaker vowed
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has paid a surprise visit to Kiev to personally reassure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of Washington’s support amid the conflict with Russia, it was revealed on Sunday.
Zelensky uploaded a Twitter clip in which Pelosi is greeting him and the other US lawmakers at the Ukrainian presidential palace.
Pelosi arrived to Kiev as the most high-ranking US official since the beginning of fighting. She was joined by Gregory Meeks (House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair), Adam Schiff (Intelligence Committee Chairman), Jim McGovern (Rules Committee Chairman) and Jason Crow (Rep. Jason Crow). Informally, the House speaker follows the vice president in order of succession to the presidency.
Зустріч зі спікером Палати представників Конгресу США @SpeakerPelosi в Києві. Сполучені Штати є лідером потужної підтримки України в боротьбі з агресією РФ. Дякуємо, що допомагаєте захищати суверенітет і територіальну цілісність нашої держави! pic.twitter.com/QXSBPFoGQh
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) May 1, 2022
Following brief talks, Zelensky reiterated that the US must continue to provide military support.
Pelosi stated to the Ukrainian leader, “The US lawmakers are visiting Kiev.” “to say thank you for your fight for freedom.”
“Your fight is a fight for everyone. Our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done,”Sie promised.
Zelensky was also able to give Pelosi, the Order of Princess Olga (the third grade), a civil decoration from Ukraine bestowed on women for their personal merits in politics or science.
The House speaker’s office said in a statement that getting together with the Ukrainian president was “an extraordinary honor.”It was designed to help send “an unmistakable and resounding message to the entire world: America stands firmly with Ukraine,”This is the statement.
The US delegation subsequently headed to Ukraine’s neighbor and ally Poland for talks with the country’s president, Andrzej Duda, and other top officials.
The US Secretary Of State Antony Blinken was in Kiev last week with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Their visit had a similar goal of providing assurance to Ukraine.
Austin, who was on the same trip as the Ukrainian president, openly admitted to the US that they were trying to make the country more democratic by aiding them. “Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.”
John Kirby, Pentagon spokesperson said that Washington has given $4.3 billion to Kiev for military support, since 2021. Also, the Pentagon revealed Friday that the US began training Ukrainian troops in Germany, and other European countries, as well.
Zelensky received several well-known officials during conflict in Kiev, including Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister and others from other European countries.
Russia deployed troops to Ukraine on February 24th, following Kiev’s inability to comply with the Minsk Agreements, which were first signed by Moscow in 2014. This was followed up by Moscow’s recognition of Donetsk’s and Lugansk Donbass republics. Minsk Protocol, which was French and German-brokered, gave the regions that were separated special status in the Ukrainian government.
In recent weeks, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself to be neutral in order for it not to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian attack was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.
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