US will be there for Ukraine until fight with Russia is ‘over’, House speaker promises
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a surprise visit to kyiv to personally reassure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of Washington’s support in the conflict with Russia, we learned on Sunday.
Zelensky shared a video on Twitter in which he is seen greeting Pelosi and other US lawmakers outside the presidential palace in the Ukrainian capital.
Pelosi, the most senior US official to come to Kyiv since the fighting began, was accompanied by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Committee Chairman Rules, Jim McGovern, and Rep. Jason Crow. The Speaker of the House is officially second in line after the Vice Speaker.
Meeting with the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives @SpeakerPelosi in Kyiv. The United States is a leader in strong support for Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression. Thank you for helping to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state! pic.twitter.com/QXSBPFoGQh
— Volodymyr Zelenskyy (@ZelenskyyUa) May 1, 2022
The sides then held brief talks, during which Zelensky reiterated the need for continued US military support.
Pelosi told Ukrainian leader that US lawmakers were visiting Kyiv “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 over,” she promised.
Zelensky also used the occasion to award Pelosi the Order of Princess Olga, the third grade, a Ukrainian civil decoration awarded to women for their personal merits in the political, scientific, cultural and humanitarian fields.
The House Speaker’s office said in a statement that meeting with the Ukrainian president was “an extraordinary honor.” The trip was intended to send “an unequivocal and resounding message to the whole world: America stands firmly with Ukraine”, the statement read.
The US delegation then traveled to Poland, a neighboring country and ally of Ukraine, for talks with the country’s President, Andrzej Duda, and other senior officials.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin were in kyiv a week ago for a visit with the same aim of reassuring Ukraine.
After the trip, Austin openly acknowledged that by helping the Ukrainian government, the United States was trying to see “Russia has weakened to the point that it can’t do the kinds of things it did by invading Ukraine.”
Washington has committed $4.3 billion to kyiv in military support since 2021, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Friday, also revealing that the United States has begun training Ukrainian troops in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. .
Zelensky received several senior officials in Kyiv during the conflict, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and leaders from other European countries.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, following kyiv’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics of Donetsk and Lugansk Donbass. The Minsk Protocol, brokered by Germany and France, was designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join NATO. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
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