USA Updates Zelensky calls on Biden to visit Ukraine: ‘Come here to see’
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky called on President Biden to visit Ukraine to “come here to see” the devastation of the Russian military.
In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” that aired Sunday, Zelensky was asked if Biden has any plans to tour the country.
“I think he will. I mean, it’s his decision, of course,” Zelensky told anchor Jake Tapper on Friday. “And regarding the security situation, it depends. I mean it But I think he is the leader of the United States, and so he should come here to see him.”
Biden previously told reporters during a visit to Poland last month that he wanted to visit the war-torn country but claimed others were blocking him.
“They won’t let me, I understand, take a look at the border crossing and what’s happening in Ukraine,” Biden told a briefing on humanitarian operations in Rzczów, southeastern Poland.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said there were no plans for a presidential visit to Ukraine last week.
“President Biden currently has no plans to travel to Kyiv. But what I will tell you is that he sits in the Oval Office and the Situation Room on a daily basis, organizing and coordinating the world when it comes to weapons delivery,” Sullivan said.
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also ruled out the possibility of Biden visiting the country.
“He is ready for anything. The man likes a fast car, some aviators – he is ready to go to Ukraine,” Saki said on “Pod Save America.” podcast, But he said, “We are not sending the president to Ukraine.”
Zelensky’s remarks came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Zelensky and pulled Russian troops back from the capital city after two men showed solidarity on the streets of Kyiv.
Other leaders who paid recent visits to Ukraine include the European Commission. President Ursula von der Leyen and the Presidents of Estonia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.
The prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia also visited Kyiv on 15 March amid the heavy bombing of the city in the Russian offensive.
Biden suggested on Thursday that the US was only considering sending a top US official to Kiev to meet with Zelensky.