Top Senate Republican meets Zelenskiy, Russia says US involvement dangerous

May 14 (Reuters) – Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the US Senate, paid an unannounced visit to Kiev on Saturday with other Republican senators and met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for talks.

McConnell is urging Republican Senator Rand Paul to end his opposition to a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, which has overwhelming support from both major parties. read more

Zelenskiy praised what he said sent a strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine and the strength of relations between the two nations.

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“We discussed many areas of support for our state, including defense and finance, as well as strengthening sanctions against Russia,” he said in a video address, adding that he emphasized that Russia should be classified as a terrorist state. .

Moscow’s ambassador to the United States warned of closer cooperation with Ukraine, saying the situation in the region was “extremely dangerous,” Tass news agency reported.

“The United States is being dragged deeper and deeper into a conflict with the most unpredictable consequences for…

relations between the two nuclear powers,” Tass told Russian television on Saturday Anatoly Antonov.

McConnell was joined by fellow Senators Susan Collins, John Barrasso and John Cornyn.

Dozens of foreign politicians and celebrities have visited Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February to show their support. President Joe Biden’s wife, university professor Jill Biden, made an unannounced trip to Kiev last Sunday. read more

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Reporting by David Ljunggren; adaptation by Grant McCool and Cynthia Osterman

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