Joe Biden has no plans for visiting Ukraine according to statements by national security advisor Jake Sullivan on Sunday. Biden’s intentions about visiting the country under attack by Russian President Vladimir Putin were addressed in the context of the recent visit to Kyiv by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
During an appearance on NBC, host Chuck Todd told Sullivan that it was “quite the symbol” to see Johnson walking in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Todd asked if Americans were going to see Biden in the capital city.
Sullivan said that Biden has no current plans to travel to Kyiv. He continued by saying that Biden “sits in the Oval Office and the Situation Room on a daily basis.” Sullivan said that while the president was doing that he was “organizing and coordinating the world” regarding sending additional weapons to Ukraine.
According to Sullivan, Ukraine’s foreign minister has said the U.S. is at the center of the work of delivering weapons and supplies “from other countries” and moving the world to do things like removing Russia from the Human Rights Council last week.
Sullivan said that rather than visiting, Biden will “stay focused” on current actions and showing support for the Ukrainian people by taking “decisive actions.”
Johnson was praised by the press and on social media for showing solidarity with Zelenskyy as the unprovoked Russian invasion continues. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense shared a video of Johnson and Zelenskyy talking with residents on the streets of Kyiv.
The Defense Ministry tweeted the video with a statement, “This is what democracy looks like.” It also added that the images show what courage and friendship between nations look like.
Conservative U.K. Parliament Member Shaun Biley said that the visit by Johnson was a “true display of leadership.” He said that it indicates that Britain will stand “shoulder to shoulder” with Ukraine as it fights for freedom.
During the surprise visit, Johnson pledged another 120 armored vehicles and new anti-ship missiles along with $500 million more in loan guarantees for World Bank financing of the country’s defense efforts.
Johnson said that his visit was made to remind the world that there remains a “huge amount to do” to ensure Ukraine’s success and Putin’s failure.
Joe Biden is expected to continue visiting his Delaware home and Camp David when he is not obligated to be at the White House.