Will Biden go to Russia and Ukraine on his European trip?
Later this week President Biden will head to Europe to meet with NATO allies. Are stops in Russia and Ukraine on the agenda while he is across the Atlantic?
Later this week, President Biden will be taking a trip to Europe to meet with European Union, G7, and NATO allies as the invasion of Ukraine by Russia continues into its fourth week.
This is especially important for member states in eastern Europe and may fear that President Putin could launch in attack into their countries in the future.
Where will President Biden be going on his trip?
At this point, President Biden will make two stops during his trip. The first, for which he will depart on Wednesday, will be to Brussels. On Thursday he will be attending an "extraordinary NATO summit" where officials and heads of state plan "to discuss ongoing deterrence and defense efforts."
Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau will also be making a trip to Brussels over the same period. Trudeau is will address the European Parliament during his trip and discuss the continued need for transatlantic cooperation across many issues including peace and security.
President Biden's second stop will be the Polish capital of Warsaw where he will meet with President Andrzej Duda. The White House said that the two leaders plan to "discuss how the United States, alongside our Allies and partners, is responding to the humanitarian and human rights crisis." White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that during his meeting President Biden aims to thank President Duda for his work to welcome refugees.
This comes after Vice President Kamala Harris made a trip to Poland earlier in March.
Are stops in Russia and Ukraine planned?
The White House plans to finalize the agenda on by Tuesday 22 March but at this point no trips to Russia or Ukraine are planned.
During a press briefing on Monday 21 March, Psaki told the media that any time US President travels to a war zone a huge, a security operation is required. At this point, the President and his staff believes that his objectives in meeting with European allies can be met without stopping in Kiev.
With regard to Russia, the country has implemented a travel ban on many US officials including President Biden and many members of his team.