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Biden ‘doesn’t currently have any plans’ to travel to Ukraine despite Boris Johnson visit, WH says

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National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday that President Biden has no plans to visit Ukraine, despite a recent visit to the country from U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“It was quite the symbol to see Prime Minister Boris Johnson walking the streets of Kyiv with President Zelenskyy,” NBC host Chuck Todd told Sullivan. “It raises the question: are we going see President Biden in Kyiv?”

“President Biden doesn’t currently have any plans to travel to Kyiv,” Sullivan replied. “But I will tell you he sits in the Oval Office and in the Situation Room on a daily basis, organizing and coordinating the world when it comes to the delivery of weapons,” Sullivan continued.

In this image provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson talk during their walk in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, April 9, 2022.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Sullivan went on to say that the Ukrainian foreign minister said the United States “is at the center of the effort to deliver from other countries and organizing and coordinating the world to take actions like the one last week to kick Russia out of the Human Rights Council.”

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Saturday, March 9, 2022.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Saturday, March 9, 2022.
(Credit: Office of the President of Ukraine)

“So President Biden will stay focused on that and make sure that he is showing his support and solidarity to the Ukrainian people through those kinds of decisive actions,” Sullivan added.

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy were widely praised on social media for their show of solidarity in the face of Russian aggression. 

A video of Johnson, shared by Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, shows him and Zelenskyy defiantly walking down the streets of Kyiv, speaking with locals.

“This is what democracy looks like,” tweeted the Defense Ministry. “This is what courage looks like. This what true friendship between peoples and between nations looks like.”