House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a high-level delegation from the U.S. Congress secretly traveled to Kyiv to meet with President Zelensky to show support for Ukraine.
“I am in Kyiv to meet the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. is taking the lead in assisting Ukraine in dealing with Russia. Thank you for helping us protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Zelensky tweeted on May 1, the Ukrainian president said.
Zelensky’s tweet also included a video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. congressmen being brought to the government compound. The Ukrainian president, accompanied by his bodyguards, received the U.S. delegation.
Joining the U.S. congressional delegation during the secret visit to Kyiv were House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks.
The U.S. delegation then met with Ukrainian officials, and Mr. Zelensky presented her with gifts Nancy Pelosi medal. The Ukrainian president did not disclose a specific date for the meeting.
“We are here to thank you for your fight for freedom. Your fight is everyone’s fight. We are committed to supporting you until this fight is over,” Pelosi said at the meeting.
Ms. Pelosi’s office later issued a statement confirming that she visited Kyiv, but did not give a date. In a statement, Ms. Pelosi called her time in Kyiv “a sacred opportunity and an extraordinary honor.”
The next destination of the delegation is Poland, which is expected to include meetings with President Andrzej Duda and some senior officials. “We will come back to the United States with a deeper understanding, more inspiration and readiness to do what is necessary to support the Ukrainian people than before,” Pelosi said.
This is the second high-level U.S. delegation to visit Kiev, following the visit by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Kyiv in late April.
The Western leader’s recent high-level visit to Ukraine has been kept secret until the last minute, only to be announced after the event or the arrival of the delegation.
UN secretary general ahead of US parliamentary panel visit Antonio Guterres Arrived in Kyiv on April 27 to discuss the prospects for peace with Ukrainian leaders. His scheduled visit came after he arrived in the Russian capital Moscow and met with President Vladimir Putin to call for an end to hostilities in Ukraine.
The visit by Ms. Pelosi and her colleagues came days after President Joe Biden announced plans to allocate $33 billion in defense and economic aid to Ukraine, including the purchase of weapons for the country. Eastern Europe accounted for more than $20 billion. The budget proposal is awaiting approval by the U.S. House of Representatives.
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