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Leaders of Poland and Baltic countries visit Kyiv while Biden stays at home

The leaders of four NATO nations in close proximity to Russia visited Kyiv on Wednesday to show solidarity, defiance and support for Ukraine.

The Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia traveled by train to the capital, where they met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss military aid, humanitarian aid and war crimes investigations.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda tweeted a photo of himself and the three other leaders next to a Ukrainian passenger train.

“Heading to Kyiv with a strong message of political support and military assistance,” he wrote.

The visit comes just days after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to the ailing capital.

Johnson secretly made his way to Ukraine on Saturday, taking a tour of the deserted streets of Kyiv with Zelensky.

President Biden’s absence from the list of high-profile visiting world leaders drew criticism from Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister on Monday. Iryna Vereshchuck told CNN Monday that Biden should have visited Ukraine during his trip to Europe last month.

The Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia met with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on April 13, 2022 amid the Russian invasion.
The Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia met with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on April 13, 2022 amid the Russian invasion.
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Eastern European leaders discussed military aid, humanitarian aid and war crimes investigations in Russia during the visit.
Eastern European leaders discussed military aid, humanitarian aid and war crimes investigations in Russia during the visit.
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“It would have been a huge symbolic step to show that he is not afraid of the world’s rapist, the world’s butcher, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” Vereshchuck said. “That would have been a symbolic and historic move, but it didn’t happen. It would have been a symbolic move to come to Ukraine and it would have been powerful, but it also has to go hand in hand with action to stop oil and gas to stop this flow of dollars and euros to Russia to fund him to fight their aggression and stop this rape of Europe.”

The White House said Biden has “no plans” to visit Kyiv in the near future.

“President Biden has been to Kyiv before. He’s looking forward to going back to Kyiv,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. “But we are not currently planning a trip.”

Last month, Biden traveled to Rzeszow, Poland, about 60 miles from the border with Ukraine, to get an update on the refugee crisis caused by the Russian invasion – but didn’t get any closer to the border.

“I’m here in Poland to see the humanitarian crisis firsthand, and quite frankly, part of my disappointment is that I can’t see it firsthand like I can in other places,” Biden said during his visit, adding adding, “They won’t, understandably, I think, let me cross the border and take a look at what’s going on in Ukraine.”

Polish President Andrzej Duda examines destroyed military equipment in a village near Kyiv.
Polish President Andrzej Duda examines destroyed military equipment in a village near Kyiv.
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Duda and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on a tour of a village outside of Kyiv.
Duda and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on a tour of a village outside of Kyiv.
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According to White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, President Biden is not currently planning a visit to Kyiv.
According to White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, President Biden is not currently planning a visit to Kyiv.
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It wasn’t clear who Biden was referring to when he said “she,” and White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that she “won’t get into private deliberations on that front.”

With mail wires

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