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Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during an interview in Kyiv, Ukraine on March 18. (Miguel A. Lopes/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said US President Joe Biden is expected to visit Ukraine during his stay in Europe at a NATO summit in Brussels next week.

“Why don’t — very good friend of mine, very good friend of Ukraine, Joe Biden, the leader of the global world, who is now demonstrating leadership — why doesn’t he come visit here next week as a symbol of our solidarity? ” Poroshenko, dressed in a military vest and flanked by soldiers in kyiv, told CNN’s Jim Acosta.

The president will travel to Brussels, Belgium, to attend a NATO summit on March 24 and will also take part in a European Council meeting, according to the White House.

“It would be a very good stage for the demonstration, the whole world is with us against Russia,” Poroshenko added.

The president will travel to Brussels, Belgium, to attend a NATO summit on March 24 and will also take part in a European Council meeting, according to the White House.

Biden will “discuss ongoing deterrence and defense efforts” at the NATO summit and reaffirm the United States’ commitment to its NATO allies, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki. said Tuesday.

“He will also participate in a European Council summit scheduled to discuss our shared concerns regarding Ukraine, including transatlantic efforts to impose economic costs on Russia, provide humanitarian support to those affected by the violence and to address other challenges related to the conflict,” she added. noted.

Poroshenko also called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “crazy maniac” and said the Ukrainians had a “rock-solid unity”.

Poroshenko called for increased sanctions against Russia. “We must give additional measures to increase sanctions and increase the supply of arms to Ukraine to make Putin [go back] in Russia,” he added.

“We are not only fighting for Ukrainian soil. We are fighting for European security, freedom and democracy and for global security. And for you too, for the United States,” Poroshenko said. “My request is please help us save the world. Help us save Europe. Help us save you.”

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