Biden Weighing Trip to Meet NATO Leaders in Belgium, Then On to Poland

President Joe Biden is reportedly considering traveling to Europe to meet with NATO allies about the war in Ukraine, following in the footsteps of Vice President Kamala Harris.

As Russia's invasion of Ukraine stretches into its third week, the Biden administration has enacted a series of economic sanctions against the country in an effort to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin. These penalties have been mirrored by similar economic efforts from NATO and the European Union (EU).

Biden also announced a ban on Russia imports of oil in a further move to hurt Russia's lucrative petroleum industry.

While the president has not made any foreign trips this year, reports emerged Monday that this could be changing soon.

The Biden administration is reportedly considering having the president travel to Europe near the end of March to meet with allied leaders, two sources within the White House told Reuters.

While the exact dates of the foreign trip remain unknown, the itinerary would reportedly include a presidential stop in Brussels—NATO is headquartered in the Belgian capital city. Following this, reports said, Biden would then visit Poland for a meeting with the Polish head of state.

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President Joe Biden is reportedly considering a trip to Europe in an effort to meet with NATO allies regarding the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine. The news has been reported by multiple White House sources, but has not been confirmed by the administration. Here, Biden can be seen giving a speech in the White House on March 11, 2022. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

These talks, Reuters reported, would focus on the combined efforts of Western allies to stop the Putin regime's ongoing invasion in Ukraine. The war has already reportedly caused at least several hundred deaths on both the Russian and Ukrainian sides.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing Monday that the administration had not made a final decision regarding a foreign trip. Psaki did say, though, that the president and his team remained "closely engaged with our NATO partners and European allies."

If Air Force One does end up flying to Europe, Biden would be echoing the foreign trip made by Harris last week.

The vice president first visited Poland, then headed south to Romania to hold talks with foreign leaders regarding Russian aggression. Harris had the spotlight put on her after she attempted to mend the relationship between Poland and the U.S.

Diplomatic talks had stalled between the two allies after the U.S. rejected a proposal from Poland that would have sent Polish fighter planes to a U.S. air base in Germany for potential use by Ukraine. The U.S. blocked the proposal in order to mitigate any possible backlash from Russia.

"The intelligence community has assessed the transfer of MiG-29s to Ukraine may be mistaken as escalatory and could result in Russian reaction that could increase the prospects of a military escalation with NATO," said Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby, adding that providing Ukraine with more planes was "not likely to significantly change the effectiveness of the Ukrainian air force relative to Russian capabilities."

The proposal from Poland was reportedly not expected by the White House, and caused a rift in the international relations between the countries.

During a joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Harris did not directly comment on the plane proposal. The vice president did say, though, that: "The United States and Poland are united in both what we have done and are prepared to do to help Ukraine and the Ukrainian people."

If Biden does end up traveling to Poland, it could be expected that an additional meeting with Duda would likely be part of the agenda.

Newsweek has reached out to the White House for comment.