Joe Biden considers a visit to Ukraine “unlikely” during his tour of Europe at the end of June

US President Joe Biden said on Monday June 20 that he was ” unlikely “ that he is traveling to Ukraine on the sidelines of his upcoming tour in Europe. “On this trip, it’s unlikely”he replied to journalists who asked him about a possible visit to Ukraine as part of his trip to Germany from Saturday, for a meeting of the G7, then to Spain from June 28, for a NATO summit.

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These two diplomatic meetings will take place almost four months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as Moscow steps up its offensive on the east and south of the country after failing to seize the capital, kyiv. .

“It depends on a lot of things”

“It depends on a lot of things”the president first replied, during a walk on the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to the question of a possible trip to Ukrainian territory.

“Whether or not it creates more difficulties for Ukrainians, whether it distracts from what is happening”Joe Biden explained, noting that he was speaking with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “almost four times a week”. “I am going to Germany, and I am going to Spain, I am going to Israel, and I am going to Saudi Arabia (…), and then I will return, probably directly”he added.

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The American president is due to visit Israel, the occupied West Bank and Saudi Arabia from July 13 to 16, where he will arrive on a first direct flight linking the Jewish state to the Saudi kingdom. He must participate in a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a diplomatic forum bringing together several Arab countries in the region.

Joe Biden has not yet been to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, but First Lady Jill Biden made a trip to the west of the country, a few kilometers from the Polish border in May. The United States is the main Western ally of kyiv, to which Washington has granted 5.6 billion dollars in military aid since the start of the conflict.

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