Polish President Andrzej Duda (right) and his US counterpart Joe Biden by the pre-presidential palace in Warsaw, February 21, 2023.
Warsaw – US President Joe Biden arrived this afternoon in of the Polish presidential palace for a meeting with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda. After welcoming the head of the White House with military honors, the delegations left for the negotiations, which should mainly concern security issues in Poland and Europe in the context of Russian aggression against Ukraine.
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Marcin Przydacz, foreign policy adviser to the Polish president, confirmed to TVN 24 this morning that the presidents will discuss strengthening Poland's security and expanding NATO's presence in the country.
By being received by Duda, Biden officially began a two-day visit to Poland after he unexpectedly visited Ukraine on Monday, where he met in Kiev, among other things, with the president of the country attacked by Russia, Volodymyr Zelensky. He will give a speech in Warsaw early this evening, in which he will probably reaffirm his commitment to help Ukraine. On Wednesday, the US president is scheduled to meet with the representatives of the so-called Bucharest Nine (B9), which also includes the Czech Republic.
Before that, according to Przydacze, Biden and Duda are to talk “about the security of the Polish state and allied cooperation with the US, also within NATO and what we can do to strengthen the security of the eastern flank, including Poland”. “It is no secret that we will talk about strengthening NATO's presence, including in the area of infrastructure,” added the adviser.
The United States already increased the number of its troops in Poland before the Russian invasion of Ukraine last February 24. According to CBS television, there are now approximately 11,000 soldiers in Poland. The head of the White House already announced last June that the United States would establish a new permanent military headquarters in Poland in response to Russian threats.