Three members of the US House Intelligence Committee met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday in Kiev.
It is the first visit by a congressional delegation to the city in more than a month, and the first since Russia began a campaign of airstrikes against civilian infrastructure in the Ukrainian capital and other major cities.
Near the site of a drone attack on a power plant in Kyiv, Representative Jim Himes, the head of the delegation, told CNN’s Nic Robertson that the visit was about showing solidarity with Ukraine, which he called “fighting for democracy.” that the world cares so much.”
“We all felt it was very important to be here on a bipartisan basis to make an unequivocal statement that the people of the United States and the government of the United States stand with the people and the government of Ukraine,” Himes said. a democrat
GOP Rep. Mike Turner said “there is, and will continue to be, strong bipartisan support for Ukraine,” when asked by CNN if US support for Ukraine could change if Republicans win control of the House in the November election.
Remember: The issue became a talking point on the campaign trail this week, after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said that if the GOP wins the chamber, it may not be so forthcoming in supporting the embattled nation.
US President Joe Biden seized on those comments and similar remarks from some Republicans, a position that undermines US leadership in an increasingly volatile world.
Creating an “Air Shield”: The Ukrainian military considers strengthening its air defense capabilities a key concern. Zelensky asked the visiting representative for help in creating what he described as an “air shield” over the country, according to a statement released by his office.
Turner told CNN that the US supply of arms and intelligence to Ukraine would change as the nature of the threat changed.
“We’re looking at air defenses and ways to defeat these individual drones. But we’re going to have to do it together,” he said. “Our goals are aligned.”