According to official information from the White House, US President Joe Biden is not planning a trip to Ukraine during his visit to Poland next week, nor is he planning to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “A meeting with President Zelenskyy is not planned for this trip at this time,” National Security Council communications director John Kirby said in Washington today.
When asked if the president planned to cross the border into neighboring Ukraine, Kirby said, “No.” For security reasons, these trips are usually not announced in advance. Kirby said stations in other parts of Poland are also not planned.
Biden is expected in Poland on Tuesday and Wednesday – just before the first anniversary of the outbreak of war in neighboring Ukraine. There has been speculation in recent weeks that Biden might combine the trip to Poland with a visit to Ukraine.
Several heads of state and government, as well as ministers from other countries, had already visited Ukraine in the last few months since the beginning of the war – some several times. Several government officials were also there from the US, as was Biden’s wife Jill. The President of the United States has not yet been to Ukraine. It usually has significantly higher security requirements.