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Mitch McConnell, Republicans visit Kyiv as Russia threatens West over NATO expansion

Added 05-14-22 05:18:02pm EST - “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took three Republican senators along on a surprise trip to Kyiv Saturday to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Mitch McConnell, Republicans visit Kyiv as Russia threatens West over NATO expansion”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took three Republican senators along on a surprise trip to Kyiv Saturday to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — as a bipartisan bill to send $40 billion in additional aid remained stalled in Congress and both Finland and Sweden mull joining NATO.

The visit, the latest in a string of high-level US trips to the war-torn nation as the Russian invasion grinds on, was “a strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine from the United States Congress and the American people,” Zelensky wrote on his official Instagram account.

“Thank you for your leadership in helping us fight not only for our country, but also for democratic values and freedoms,” the president added. “We really appreciate it.”

McConnell, along with Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Cornyn (R-Tex.), and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), made the trip just two days after their fellow Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, forced a temporary halt to the massive military and humanitarian aid bill.

“Today, our state has the strong bipartisan and bicameral support of American friends,” Andrij Sybiha wrote on Facebook. “And the American people.”

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