Senator Ayotte Leads Congressional Delegation Mission That Includes Stops in Ukraine, Israel
Armed Services Committee Member Says Official Visit Will Inform Work on Committee, Help Strengthen U.S. Relationships Abroa
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is leading a bipartisan congressional delegation mission this week that includes stops in Ukraine and Israel. Senator Ayotte, along with Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA), will meet with government officials, military personnel, and civil society members in both countries.
"In these dangerous times, it's more important than ever that the U.S. reinforce relationships with our allies and key partners," said Ayotte, who serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support. "The challenges facing Ukraine and Israel have far-reaching consequences for our national security and peace in the world, and hearing directly from leaders there will inform my work in the Senate."
The Ukraine visit comes in the wake of Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea, an act that Ayotte has strongly condemned as a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and international law. She has called for tougher economic and diplomatic sanctions on Russia and increased U.S. assistance to Ukraine.
Ayotte's visit to Israel comes in the midst of negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians as well as ongoing negotiations focused on ending Iran's nuclear weapons program -- a topic she is set to discuss with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.