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President Joe Biden has no plans to travel to Ukraine in the near future, the White House insisted Monday after his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, asked him to visit the country to see the devastation caused by the Russian invasion.
Jen Psaki, White House spokeswoman, told a press conference that there are no plans for President Biden to travel to Ukraine.
Psaki indicated, however, that there are plans for a senior official to travel to Ukraine and that information will not be released ahead of time due to security concerns.
The spokeswoman responded to a request made by Zelensky on Sunday, 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’s his 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 CNN.
Following the withdrawal of Russian troops from around Kyiv, Biden revealed that he was considering sending a senior member of his administration to Ukraine.
Some media speculate that it could be Secretary of State Antony Blinken or Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Biden was at the end of March in Poland, Ukraine’s neighboring country that has taken in the most refugees due to the war, but at that time he ruled out setting foot on Ukrainian territory.