Senators meet in Ukraine to reaffirm US is united against ‘Putin’s belligerence’ (FNS)

A bipartisan group of senators concluded a trip to Ukraine Tuesday after meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky and other top officials to reaffirm U.S. support of the former Soviet nation following stalled talks with Russia last week.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, led the delegation to show that the U.S. is “united across party lines in support of Ukraine against Putin’s belligerence,” Shaheen said Tuesday.

Shaheen said lawmakers will look to forge a “path forward in Congress to respond to the political situation in Ukraine and Eastern Europe that safeguards Ukraine’s territorial integrity, Europe’s energy security and broader regional stability.”

“Efforts are underway to enhance our laws that will empower the Biden administration with tools to work with our allies to prepare penalties for Putin amid his provocations, and increase aid to Ukraine,” she said in a statement shared with Fox News.

Though lawmakers appear united in their opposition to Russian aggression against Ukraine, achieving a bipartisan method to counter the Kremlin already has senators divided.

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