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White House says 'no plans' for Biden to travel to Ukraine

Governo americano negou outra vez visita do presidente à Ucrânia, mas informou que um alto funcionário deve ir ao país em breve

The US government again denied the president’s visit to Ukraine, but informed that a senior official should come to the country soon| Photo: EFE/EPA/Chris Kleponis

18210823 18210823 The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has no plans to travel to Ukraine in the near future, as the White House insisted on Monday ( ), after the request of the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, that the democrat visit the country to see the devastation caused by the Russian invasion.

“No there are plans for President Biden to travel to Ukraine,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

The aide said, however, that there are plans for a senior US official to travel to Ukraine and that the information will not be released in advance due to “security concerns”.

The spokeswoman responded to a request made by Zelensky on Sunday that Biden visit Ukraine and see first hand the war unleashed by the Russian invasion that broke out in 04 february o.

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

After the withdrawal of Russian troops from the outskirts of Kiev, Biden revealed that he was considering sending a member of his administration to Ukraine. Some newspapers speculate that this person could be Secretary of State Antony Blinken or Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

Biden was in Poland at the end of March, a country neighboring Ukraine that welcomed the largest number of refugees due to the war, but at that time he excluded the possibility of setting foot on Ukrainian territory.

Zelensky expressed gratitude for US military aid, including the additional US$ package 800 million announced last week, but asked for more support.

18210823Last week, Biden announced an additional package of military assistance to Ukraine with more lethal weaponry to face Russia in the new phase of the invasion more centered on Donbass region, in the east of the country.

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