Senators Visit Eastern Europe

Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) are “in the middle of a trip to Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Ukraine,” the Washington Post reports.

According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Senator Kyl said during the visit that “Washington should not ‘sacrifice Georgia’s future’ in order to have better relations with Moscow.”

Senator Jon Kyl (Republican-Arizona) told RFE/RL in an interview on April 19 that "the [U.S.] relationship with Russia should stand on its own and not have to be improved by any kind of sacrifice of the interests of our allies and our friends and we [Republicans] are very adamant that that not be done."

He added that "in that regard we have some differences with the [U.S.] administration."

Kyl, who is on a two-day visit with three other U.S. senators to Georgia, met with President Mikheil Saakashvili, Deputy Parliament Chairman Gigi Tsereteli, Security Council Secretary Giga Bokeria, opposition officials, and representatives of the European Union’s monitoring mission in Georgia.

On the overall trip:

Kyl said the main goal of the delegation’s trip to Georgia, Ukraine, and the three Baltic states is to find out what impact the "reset" policy of President Barack Obama’s administration has on the security of the United States’ East European allies.

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