GOP senators ask Blinken to reopen US embassy in Ukraine
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Two Republican senators have urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken to reopen the US embassy in Kyiv to “symbolically affirm” Washington’s commitment to Ukraine.
In a letter obtained by Fox News on Wednesday, the senses. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Steve Daines of Montana explained that Russia withdrew its troops from the region after failing to take the capital.
“With Ukraine’s successful defense of Kyiv and the subsequent withdrawal of Russian forces from areas surrounding the capital, we encourage you to fully open the U.S. Embassy without delay,” the senators wrote. “America’s restored diplomatic presence in Kyiv will strengthen cooperation with a democratic partner as it conducts existential defense and symbolically affirms our nation’s commitment to Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty.”
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At least 17 countries have reopened their embassies in Kyiv after Russian troops withdrew from areas north and east of the capital late last month, according to a Foreign Policy report.
Spain announced this week that it will join countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, the Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal and Portugal. European Union to re-establish its diplomatic missions in Ukraine.
Moran and Daines noted that the threat that Russia continues to pose in Ukraine is significant, but argued that the United States had previously kept embassies operating in war-torn countries.
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Moran told Fox News Digital that as a member of the State Operations and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, he takes the safety of embassy personnel “seriously.” But the senator noted that he had the opportunity to meet embassy staff during a recent trip to the Ukrainian-Polish border, and said he was “very impressed with their dedication and patriotism.”
“As we see France, Italy and other allies reopen their embassies in Kyiv, our nation and the people of Ukraine will be well served with our own diplomatic return to the embassy in the Ukrainian capital,” he said. he adds.
The senators asked Blinken to provide a plan on personnel details and how the United States will “restore” embassy operations to pre-war levels.
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“Our continued absence from Kyiv, however cautious so far, signals a lack of confidence in Ukraine’s ability to defend itself and in the diplomatic missions under its protection,” the duo wrote in the letter sent. in Blinken on Tuesday evening. “The immediate resumption of normal embassy operations will reinforce the importance of diplomacy and America’s full support for a whole and free Ukraine.”
The State Department did not immediately respond to questions from Fox News Digital about the reopening of the embassy in Kyiv.