President Biden said Monday that it is unlikely he will stop in Ukraine when he visits Europe and the Middle East in the coming weeks.
He said that while he did not cancel a personal visit to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine, his final decision would depend on “whether it would cause more difficulties for Ukrainians” and “whether it would distract people from what is going on. attention”.
He told reporters in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where he was spending the federal Juneteenth holiday, and that he was “unlikely” to stop in Ukraine during the trip.
“I’ve been meeting with Zelensky — I talk to him three or four times a week. But I’ll go to Germany, to Spain, to Israel, to Saudi Arabia for a larger community meeting. Then I might Go straight home,” Mr Biden said.
As Ukraine continues to fight Russian troops, Mr Zelensky called on Biden and other world leaders to visit Ukraine. Mr Biden made no promises to do so.
In April, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Zelensky in Ukraine.
Several European leaders have visited Ukraine to show solidarity.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has held two face-to-face meetings with Zelensky since the Russian invasion in February, including a surprise visit to Kyiv last week.