US President Joe Biden said Thursday that he is considering sending a senior US official to Ukraine, a high-level visit that would underscore Washington’s commitment to the embattled country.
“We are making that decision now,” the US president responded when questioned by reporters after a public appearance at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University.
since Russian forces withdrew from the vicinity of KyivSeveral Western leaders headed to the Ukrainian capital to show their support. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently made a surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital, as did other European leaders.
While Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are unlikely to visit Kyiv any time soon, officials have reportedly discussed sending Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin or Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
Earlier this week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president had no plans to visit Ukraine, stressing that more important than the presidential visit was the continued supply of weapons and aid.
Biden told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday New shipment of military equipment From the United States worth $800 million.
The Pentagon reported that the new weapons item included 500 Javelin missiles; 300 Switchblade drones; 300 armored vehicles; 16 helicopters; chemical, biological and nuclear protection equipment; and 30,000 sets of jackets and helmets.
The United States also supplies an unknown amount of antipersonnel munitions, which are configured to detonate manually.
*With information from Ken Bredemir and Anita Powell, VOA journalists.