Zelensky says Blinken and Austin will visit Ukraine on Sunday

“I do not think it’s a secret that people from the United States are coming to us tomorrow, Secretary of State Mr. Blinken and Secretary of Defense (Lloyd Austin) coming to us,” Zelensky said at a news conference in an underground metro station in Ukraine. capital city.

Zelensky also said: “We will expect when security allows the President of the United States to come and talk to us.”

“I think he will,” Zelensky said, adding that it was Biden’s decision and would depend on the security situation.

Biden, who has previously suggested he wants to go to Ukraine, said earlier this month that he was working with his team to decide whether to send a senior member of his administration to the country.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated during a news conference Monday that there are no plans for Biden to travel to Ukraine. “It has not changed – what our focus remains on is giving Ukraine, the Ukrainian government, Ukrainian leaders – a historic amount of security assistance,” Psaki told CNN.

Psaki said that if an official were to visit Ukraine, the White House would not disclose this information in advance, citing security concerns.

The White House and the State Department declined on Saturday to comment on Blinken and Austin’s potential trip to Ukraine.

CNN has contacted the US Department of Defense for a comment.

Biden announces new security assistance to Ukraine: 'We will speak softly and carry a big spear'
Biden announced Thursday that the United States will send an additional $ 800 million in military aid to Ukraine, as the Russian invasion soon enters its third month in what U.S. officials warn could be a potentially bloody new phase.

The new shipments include heavy artillery and 144,000 cartridges of ammunition.

The United States sent a similar-sized military aid package earlier this month, which included Mi-17 helicopters, Howitzer guns, Switchblade drones and protective equipment.

This story has been updated with further details.

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