“President Biden has left Kiev,” the journalist wrote on Twitter (blocked in Russia).
According to CNN, Biden’s Air Force One jet took off from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Sunday at 4:14 a.m. ET (1200 GMT).
It is noteworthy that on the eve of the trip on Saturday evening, Biden went to dinner with his wife Jill Biden, after which the American president did not appear in public again until his arrival in Kiev.
According to CNN, journalists on board the presidential plane were not allowed to take recording devices with them. Biden is also said to have been accompanied on his trip by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jen O’Malley Dillon and Personal Assistant Annie Tomasini.
In turn, the Politico newspaper, citing a source in the Ukrainian government, reports that the official visit was not announced, and the process of preparing for the visit of US President Joe Biden to Kiev lasted about a week. In addition, the publication notes that the visit was prepared “in the strictest secrecy” through the communication channels of the Chief of Staff of the President of Ukraine Andrii Yermak and Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.
In addition, the newspaper reported that aides to the US president were considering the possibility of him crossing the Polish-Ukrainian border secretly. However, in the end, Biden’s aides reportedly felt the risk to his safety “wasn’t worth it.”
The New York Times reports that at this time it is unclear if the visit will affect Biden’s future schedule.
Earlier it was reported that to ensure the secrecy of US President Joe Biden’s unexpected visit to Ukraine today, the White House released a fake daily routine for the head of state on February 20 the day before. , mimicking his time in Washington.
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