How the US president arrived in Kiev remained a secret for now. In any case, he would have left Washington by plane that night for Europe.
According to its own statements, the United States informed Russia in advance about the visit of President Joe Biden to the Ukrainian capital Kiev. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan did not say in a phone call to reporters on Monday what the information was and how the Russians responded. “But I can confirm that we provided that information,” Sullivan said. This happened a few hours ago.
The American side initially did not give information about how Biden arrived in Kiev. In times of war, state guests often travel by train to the Ukrainian capital. However, after the release of the relevant information by the security services, there should be information about the route of the trip later, according to the delegation.
Biden headed to Poland after celebrating the first anniversary of the war that started on February 24, 2022 with the Russian invasion.
Five hours layover in Kyiv
As the online American magazine “Politico” reports, US President Joe Biden was in Kiev for about five hours. It is said to have departed Joint Base Andrews near Washington DC at 4:15 am local time – 10:15 pm Central European Time. At 8 am local time (9 am CET), Biden drove to the Marijnsky Palace in Kiev with the presidential entourage.
Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director, said the Kiev visit was a risk the president consciously wanted to take. It has already been said that flying into Ukrainian airspace or taking a train lasting several hours from Poland would pose a very high security risk for the US president.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Monday it was important for Biden to send a message of continued support for Ukraine. Biden spoke to the Ukrainian president about the war and the country’s needs for energy, infrastructure, and economic and humanitarian assistance.
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