UPDATED 7:59 AM PT – Monday, February 28, 2022
GOP Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said the world has never been as united as it is today amid the worldwide collective support for Ukraine and its sovereignty.
“The world’s standing up in ways, frankly, I haven’t seen this kind of unity since 9/11,” he stated. “:And I think that is something that will in the end be very helpful.”
When the Senate returns to session next week, we must immediately move to consider an aid package that increases our military aid to Ukraine & our Eastern European allies, provides crucial support to combat cyber attacks & disinformation & prepares for the refugee crisis.
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) February 27, 2022
During an interview Sunday, the Republican lawmaker, who is also a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, expressed that the West needs to provide more military assistance to Ukraine and tighten up sanctions even further. He went on to warn Ukraine to be cautious about talks with Russia near the Belarusian border as they are Russian allies.
“They need to be careful,” said Portman. “By the way Belarus is where the Russians wanted to have the meeting. Belarus is now under control of Russia and Belarus is aiding and abetting the Russians attack on their neighbor Ukraine, so it’s outrageous. Our hearts go out to the Ukrainian people today, this is something where the American people are standing firmly with Ukraine.”
Portman attended a rally in support of Ukraine and gave remarks at a community prayer service on Sunday evening.
Honored to speak at a community prayer service and rally in support of Ukraine in Parma, Ohio this afternoon.
Ohioans are united in support for the Ukrainian people as they fight off Russia’s unjustified invasion. pic.twitter.com/TAdJRv5WYA
— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) February 28, 2022