VP Harris to Meet World Leaders in Munich Amid Ukraine Tension

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will meet world leaders including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Munich this week, her highest-profile foreign trip yet, as the Biden administration tries to prevent a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Senior U.S. officials said on Wednesday they suspect Russia has increased its already heavy presence on the Ukraine border by up to 7,000 troops in the last few days, and they did not believe Russia’s assertion it is withdrawing troops.

Harris will arrive at the Munich Security Conference on Friday. She also plans to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, and the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the officials said.

During her trip, a diplomatic test of her vice presidency, Harris will discuss a “path to de-escalation” in the Ukraine crisis, the officials said.

She will also discuss economic measures that would be deployed in the event of an invasion as well as America’s readiness to further reinforce NATO allies on its eastern flank.

“She is not going with any deliverables per se because the key objective for her trip now is to focus on this fast-changing, evolving situation, the tremendous challenge that we are facing now,” one of the officials said.

The Munich conference, launched by Western nations at the height of the Cold War to address military conflicts, takes place on Feb. 18-20.

The U.S. officials did not say what contingency plans are in place should an invasion of Ukraine occur while Harris is overseas. “We are in a fluid situation,” one said.

White House officials say President Joe Biden’s decision to send Harris to the Munich conference amid the tension over Ukraine demonstrates his confidence in her.

Harris has also sought to burnish her foreign policy credentials on previous trips to meet leaders in Central America, Asia and Europe.

Original Article: https://www.reuters.com/world/us-vp-harris-meet-world-leaders-munich-amid-ukraine-tension-2022-02-17/

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  1. What’s she going to do, laugh them into submission?! She can’t even handle our border and someone thinks she’s going to be able to handle the Ukraine/Russia conflict? They are delusional.

  2. OMGosh…who is going with her?? Her speaking abilities and conduct are worse than Bidens. She can’t even get along with her staff and she is going to convince them to play nice?? All I can say is WOW.

  3. The only reason tension exists is because the US and other NATO nations believe, based on no real evidence, that Russia is about to attack the Ukraine. Mr. Putin says they have no plans to attack, Mr. Zalenskyy claims Russia won’t attack, and Russia only put troops on the border as a defense against NATO forces if the Ukraine joins them. Since there is no evidence of an imminent attack, why is it the US keeps assuming otherwise?

  4. Hopefully she does a better job with this than she has at being our border czar. It shouldn’t be difficult but I won’t hold my breath.

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