President of Poland Andrzej Duda (right) and his US counterpart Joe Biden by the pre-presidential palace in Warsaw, February 21, 2023.
Warsaw – US President Joe Biden's visit to Poland is an important sign of the United States' commitment to security in Europe. Polish President Andrzej Duda said this today at a meeting with his American counterpart in Warsaw. Biden emphasized that the relationship with Poland is essential for the US. According to the White House, the pair spoke behind closed doors about joint support for Ukraine, progress toward Russia, and efforts to strengthen NATO.
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“Your visit is an important manifestation of security, a sign of responsibility for the security of the world and Europe. America can maintain world order,” Duda told Biden at a bilateral meeting, according to Reuters. He added that he wished for even greater cooperation between Europe and the US in security and economic matters.
“On the eve of the first anniversary of Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine, the leaders reflected on their joint efforts to support Ukraine, impose consequences on Russia and strengthen NATO,” the US side said after a closed-door meeting between the two presidents. “In addition, the leaders discussed their countries' growing energy cooperation … our strong bilateral defense cooperation and the importance of the democratic values that form the foundations of the transatlantic alliance,” the White House statement continued.
Biden began the official program of his two-day visit to Poland by meeting with Duda. In the early evening, he is scheduled to give a speech in which he is expected to reaffirm his determination to continue helping Ukraine attacked by Russia. The American president also expressed himself in this sense during Monday's unannounced visit to Kyiv, where he met with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Even at today's meeting with Duda, Biden assured that the US's support for Ukraine remains strong. “As I told President Zelensky when we spoke yesterday in Kyiv, I can proudly say that our support for Ukraine remains unwavering,” Biden said today.
The head of the White House returned to Warsaw after less than a year. Last March, after a month of Russian war against Ukraine, he warned that the allies of the attacked country must prepare for a long fight. On Wednesday, Biden is scheduled to meet in the Polish capital with the representatives of the so-called Bucharest Nine (B9), which also includes the Czech Republic.
The Polish president today emphasized that Poland is safe thanks to the presence of American armed forces. He also highlighted that Biden's visit to Kyiv on Monday was an “incredible gesture”. According to him, it showed that the free world has not forgotten Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, according to Duda, decided to cause a disaster and a security, economic and humanitarian crisis.