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Mr. Biden did not attend the Ukraine peace conference, the vice president went instead

Jun 04, 2024

Washington [USA], June 4: According to the White House's announcement on June 3, US Vice President Kamala Harris and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will be in the delegation attending the peace conference in Switzerland on June 15.
"The Vice President of the United States will reaffirm support for the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against Russia's attack," Ms. Harris's spokesman said in a statement, adding that the vice president would emphasize the US government's commitment to supporting Kyiv to ensure a just and lasting peace.
Previously, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Mr. Biden to attend the conference, saying that the US President's absence was no different from "applauding" Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mr. Biden is expected to attend a fundraising event for the presidential campaign in California (USA), also taking place on June 15.
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In response to questions about Mr. Biden not coming to Switzerland, White House National Security Communications Advisor, Mr. John Kirby, emphasized that Ms. Harris and Mr. Sullivan are both high-level representatives, adding that Washington has supported Actively supported Ukraine throughout the conflict with Russia.
"There is no world leader who has supported Ukraine more fervently than Mr. Joe Biden," Mr. Kirby said on June 3.
Previously, China announced on May 31 that it would not attend the conference in Switzerland because the program did not meet the requirement that both Russia and Ukraine must attend. Moscow was not invited to participate and said the session would be meaningless without Russia's presence.
President Zelensky's administration said more than 100 countries and organizations have registered to attend the conference. Ukraine expects to receive widespread support from the international community in the meeting on a plan to end the conflict.
Source: Thanh Nien Newspaper