Next week, the United States President Joe Biden will travel to Europe to meet with NATO alliance members to discuss Russian aggression of Ukraine in an extraordinary summit, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said Tuesday. Moreover, Biden will travel to Brussels, Belgium, to attend the NATO meeting on 24th March, and after that, he will join a European Council meeting.
Next week Biden will travel to Brussels to attend an extraordinary NATO summit on 24 March. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, announced the president’s travel plans some hours after NATO Secretary-Gen Stoltenberg called for the summit to show strong support for Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/ttKsOlpxrV
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The president’s tour comes weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Additionally, the U.S. leader will discuss ongoing defense and deterrence efforts with the world leaders and reiterate the American commitment to its NATO allies. Psaki said that Biden would also join a scheduled European Council summit to discuss mutual concerns about Ukraine, including providing humanitarian support to Ukrainians, trans-Atlantic efforts to slap economic sanctions on Russia, and other challenges about the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. president told reporters that Russian aggression against Ukraine results in the unity of people all around America. The government expected to announce further actions following the Volodymyr Zelensky address to the United States Congress. However, Biden said it is extremely challenging to get supplies into Ukraine while the Moscow assault continues.
Supplies and Russian Shelling
Early Tuesday, a Russian bombing hit Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, and one of them hit an apartment building, resulting in the death of four civilians. The senior United States official said Tuesday that Russian forces are making limited to no development in attaining their goals in Ukraine amid the continued shelling. Furthermore, the official said Kyiv remains under heavy shelling by long-range fire, targeting civilians in residential areas with increasing frequency. So, the current bombardment becomes a hurdle in supply efforts.
U.S. State Department officials and Secretary of State Antony Blinken communicated with the Fox News management about the health of correspondent Ben Hall. Petr Fiala, the Prime Minister of Czech, toured Kyiv along with Mateusz Morawiecki, the Prime Minister of Polish, and Janez Jansa, the Prime Minister of Slovenian to represent the European Council in a summit with Ukrainian leader Zelensky and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
Today, we are going together with PM of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, deputy PM Jarosław Kaczyński and PM of Slovenia Janez Janša to Kiev as representatives of the European Council to meet with president Zelensky and PM Shmyhal.https://t.co/Q52Ur8hybu
— Petr Fiala (@P_Fiala) March 15, 2022
On the other hand, the European Union announced to slap the latest round of economic and other sanctions against Moscow, including bans on transactions with some state-owned firms, tighter trade restrictions on steel, iron & luxury goods, and prohibitions on new investment in the Russian energy sector. These sanctions also target major oligarchs, propagandists, and activists pushing the Russian narrative on the current situation in Ukraine.