Ukrainian President Zelensky Claims Assurances of Military Aid Support from House Speaker Johnson

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/27/2024
On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shared that House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) assured him of full support in providing military aid to Ukraine as lawmakers strive to finalize a deal.

During a recent interview with CNN's Kaitlan Collins, Zelensky emphasized the importance of trust in their partnership with Johnson. "That is my statement," Zelensky added. During our conversation, he expressed his commitment to supporting Ukraine and emphasized his solidarity with our people, soldiers, and civilians. He assured us that his prayers are with us and that he will take care of it.

Zelensky, who conversed with Collins on the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, mentioned that he conveyed a consistent message to the White House as he did with Johnson during his visit to the United States.

He expressed his plea to President Biden for a deal, urging both him and Johnson to set aside partisan issues between Democrats and Republicans to assist lawmakers in reaching an agreement. Zelensky also recognized that the election period can be a challenging time.

Yes, I delivered this message, my own message. I believe Johnson heard it. Biden was also informed of it. That concludes the explanation. How can I assist you? I am unable to exert force on the Speaker. It is ultimately his choice, but I believe he is fully aware of all the obstacles we are facing.

Zelensky's interview follows President Biden's request for the latest aid package, which includes military funding for Ukraine, more than four months ago. Recently, a bipartisan national security funding package was approved by the Senate, with $60 billion allocated for Ukraine. However, the House, led by Johnson, has declined to bring the package to the floor for a vote. When questioned during the interview about his level of trust in Johnson, Zelensky responded to Collins, "I have to trust." I must have faith. We shall find out.


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