Politico learned about a possible visit to Kyiv of a representative of the US administration

Politico: US is discussing the possibility of a visit to Kyiv by the head of the Pentagon or Secretary of State Among the possible candidates for a visit to Kyiv, Politico named US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin or Secretary of State Anthony Blinken

The administration of US President Joe Biden is discussing the possibility of a visit to Kyiv by a high-ranking official. This is reported by Politico, citing two US officials.

The final decision on the visit has not yet been made, discussions are ongoing in the White House. Among the possible candidates are US President Joe Biden, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris.

However, a visit to the Ukrainian capital by Pentagon Head Lloyd Austin or Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is considered the most likely, the newspaper writes.

If the US administration decides to send a high-ranking official to Kyiv, the trip will not be announced in advance due to security concerns. According to sources, the dates of the possible visit have not yet been determined, and it may not take place at all due to the “unstable nature of hostilities.”

A number of European politicians visited Kyiv last week . So, on April 8, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, arrived in Ukraine. Together with him, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, visited the country.

Borrell recalled that Brussels allocated an additional €500 million to Kiev for the purchase of weapons. Ursula von der Leyen, in turn, handed Zelensky a questionnaire, which is mandatory to grant the country candidate status for EU membership.

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On Saturday, April 9, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv. He promised to provide the country with military assistance in the form of 120 armored vehicles and anti-ship systems, as well as additional loan guarantees for $500 million from the World Bank.

On the same day, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer arrived in Kyiv for talks with Zelensky, after which he visited the city of Bucha in the Kiev region.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, together with Latvian Presidents Egils Levits, Lithuanian Gitanas Nauseda and Estonia Alar Karis headed to Kyiv on April 13 to meet with Zelensky.

Together with the presidents of the Baltic states, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was going to visit Kyiv, but the Ukrainian authorities considered his visit undesirable, Bild wrote, citing sources in the Ukrainian government. An unnamed Ukrainian diplomat called “Steinmeier's close ties with Russia” as the reason for the rejection of Welt.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he did not want to “succumb to fashion” European politicians on trips to Kyiv. He stressed that he was ready to visit Ukraine if it would lead to something useful —for example, if it would allow establishing a dialogue between the Russian and Ukrainian leaders.

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