President Joe Biden will visit Europe as Ukraine remains at war with Russia, which launched an unprovoked attack against the European nation at the end of February.
Why it matters: Biden will be in meetings throughout the week to discuss how the United States and its European allies plan to hold Russia accountable for the war.
- It’s also a big deal that Biden is visiting Europe as Ukraine remains under heavy shelling and attacks from Russia.
What’s happening: Biden plans to meet with European allies this week. He will also announce more sanctions against Moscow, per The Washington Post.
What they’re saying: “The president is traveling to Europe to ensure we stay united, to cement our collective resolve, to send a powerful message that we are prepared and committed to this for as long as it takes,” Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, said on Tuesday.
What to watch: Biden will likely announce sanctions against “hundreds of members of Russia’s lower house of Parliament,” per The New York Times.
- The new sanctions will directly impact the State Duma, which is the lower house of Russia’s Parliament, The Wall Street Journal reported.
- At the same time, Poland said it would expel 45 Russians, who were accused of being “spies pretending to be diplomats.”