United States President Joe Biden will travel to Brussels next week to meet with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders to discuss the Russian invasion on Ukraine.
Biden will attend an “extraordinary NATO meeting” on March 24 “to discuss ongoing deterrence and defense efforts in response to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine” and to reaffirm the U.S.’ commitment to NATO allies, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced on March 15.
“His goal is to meet in person, face-to-face with his European counterparts and talk about where we are at this point in the conflict in the invasion of Ukraine by Russia,” Psaki told reporters, adding that the White House was still finalizing the details of the travel.
Psaki declined to say if Biden would also travel to Poland or meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
On Twitter, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that he has convened “an extraordinary summit” to “address Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, our strong support for Ukraine, and further strengthening NATO’s deterrence, and defense.”
Biden will also join a scheduled European Council Summit to discuss transatlantic efforts to impose economic costs on Russia, provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine, and address other challenges related to the war, Psaki said.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter that she was “glad to continue discussions” with Biden when he visits Brussels next week.
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