Thu. May 19th, 2022
A Biden administration official may visit Kyiv to meet with Zelenskyy after retreat of Russian troops
  • A top-level US official may visit Ukraine soon, sources told Politico.
  • If the meeting occurs, it’s unclear who would be in attendance and when.
  • Several leaders from other countries have visited the war-torn country.

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The White House is considering sending an official from the Biden administration to meet with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy in Kyiv, two unnamed US officials told Politico Wednesday.

The New York Times confirmed the report, adding that the potential visit — a show of support — previously happened in other war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan.  

If the meeting happens, the US would join the United Kingdom and Austria — alongside other countries — whose top-level officials visited the war-torn country since Ukrainian troops liberated the areas surrounding the capital city of Kyiv from Russian control. 

Details of the visit, including the date, will not be announced ahead of time for safety and security purposes.

No final decision has been as to whether the meeting will actually occur or who the chosen representative would be, though it would likely be a cabinet member, such as Secretary of State Antony Blinken or Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, according to the outlet.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were not ruled out, but on Monday, US national security advisor Jake Sullivan on Sunday told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that President Biden was not planning on visiting Kyiv.

Biden on Wednesday approved sending Ukraine another $800 million toward military assistance. 

The White House, the Department of Defense, and the State Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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