Swedish minister absents from Kyiv summit after misplacing passport

Sweden’s foreign minister was unable to attend a meeting with his EU counterparts in Kyiv yesterday due to forgetting his passport, according to a report.

Austrian newspaper Die Presse reported that officials at the Poland-Ukraine border would not let Tobias Billstrom enter the country, citing diplomatic sources.

He wasn’t the only foreign minister absent from the EU Council meeting, with his colleagues in Hungary, Poland and Latvia also not in attendance.

Biden reaffirms Ukraine support in call with world leaders

The White House says Joe Biden spoke with leaders of allied countries, the EU and NATO today about continuing US support for Ukraine.

His comments come after Congress passed a last-minute bill at the weekend which avoided a government shutdown but omitted any new aid for Kyiv.

Mr Biden has previously said the US would support Ukraine for “as long as it takes”.

In a phone call today to reaffirm that support, the president spoke to other world leaders including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Polish President Andrzej Duda told a news conference that Mr Biden “assured us that support for aid given to Ukraine continues, especially military aid”.

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