Three U.S. senators will come to Kyiv on Friday, February 14, to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Reuters reports. Republican Senators Ron Johnson and John Barrasso and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy are seeking to reinforce the importance of Ukraine as a strategic U.S. ally after President Donald Trump’s acrimonious impeachment trial.
“The U.S.-Ukraine relationship is as important now as ever,” Republican Senators Ron Johnson and John Barrasso and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said in a statement on Wednesday announcing their trip.
“The future of Ukraine matters to the United States and we must make sure Ukraine knows that we view them as a strategic ally,” they said.
Johnson and Murphy last met with Zelenskiy in Kyiv on Sept. 5, as his government was dealing with Trump’s decision to freeze nearly $400 million in security assistance. They held meeting with Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka, Secretary of National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Danyliuk, Head of State Security Service Ivan Bakanov and Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodnyuk.
According to Reuters, Murphy told reporters at a news conference in Washington with Johnson on Sept. 10 that Ukrainian officials did not have a full understanding of why the money might be withheld, and that they had brought up the issue in every meeting during their trip.