Biden has no plans to travel to Ukraine, despite Zelensky’s invitation

According to the White House, the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, or the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, could visit Ukraine on a date to be defined.

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Following the request of the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to visit the country to see the devastation caused by the Russian invasion, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that Joe Biden has no plans to travel to that country in the near future.

Psaki indicated, however, that If the trip of a high-ranking US official to Ukraine is planned, this information will not be revealed ahead of time due to “security issues”.

The spokeswoman thus responded to the request made by Zelenski in which he urged Biden to visit Ukraine and see firsthand the war unleashed by the Russian invasion, launched by Moscow on February 24.

“Of course it is your decision, and it depends on security, but I think the leader of the United States should come here to observe,” Zelensky said. in an interview with the American chain CNN.

After the withdrawal of Russian troops from the outskirts of kyiv, Biden revealed that he was studying the possibility of sending a senior member of his Administration to Ukraine.

Some media speculate that it may be the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, or the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin.

Biden was at the end of March in Poland, a neighboring country of Ukraine that has received more refugees due to the war, but at that time he ruled out stepping on Ukrainian territory.

Zelensky was grateful for the military aid sent by the United States, including the additional $800 million package. announced last week, but asked for more support.

Last week Biden announced the sending of an additional package of military assistance to Ukraine with more lethal weapons, to confront Russia in the new phase of the invasion more focused on Donbas, in the east of the country.

The president hinted a few days ago that he would still like to go to Ukraine personally, asking reporters covering the White House: “Are you ready to go?” When asked by a female reporter if he was, Biden said yes.

However, Psaki also said last week that there was no plan in this regard, as he pointed out again on Monday when asked about Zelensky’s request.

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