US Senator Rob Portman, co-chairman of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Tuesday discussed his meetings with the newly elected president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Ruslan Khomchak.
“I was very eager to meet President Zelensky,” said Portman and noted that he was “very impressed” when Zelensky got elected with the remarkable 73% of the vote.
“I can report to my colleagues that I come away from the meeting with President Zelensky impressed. I was encouraged. We talked for about an hour and covered a broad range of topics. He is smart, engaging, and determined.”
According to Portman, they have also discussed a number of topics, including Ukrainian diaspora in the US, possible reforms in Ukraine, Donbass and Crimea. “It was a very productive meeting,” said Portman.
“I return from this brief trip to Ukraine hopeful. Hopeful that Ukraine is ready to write the next chapter of its long history, and it will be a chapter of freedom with a government and society that benefits all its citizens. And the United States of America must continue to be a good friend and ally in that quest. I am certainly determined to do my part to make it so.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website