Rep. Green joins House delegation on Ukraine trip

February 3, 2022 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Green joined a bipartisan House delegation to Ukraine and Belgium late last month, saying fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine have largely united otherwise polarized political parties in Congress on the issue.

The lawmaker from Tennessee was the ranking Republican in a trip with House Foreign Affairs Committee Democratic Chairman Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York, seven other Democrats and two other Republicans.

Green said this week that the lawmakers met in Brussels with NATO and European Union officials, then met in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other officials.

Tensions have heightened over Russia’s buildup of an estimated 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders.

“Part of our intention was to carry the message of unity in NATO, unity with the EU and unity within the Congress,” Green said.

Green said Ukrainian officials “painted a picture that is identical to our intelligence.”

Other U.S. lawmakers have recently traveled to Ukraine as well.