Mar 21, 2022: According to a White House annoucement, U.S president Joe Biden will travel to Poland on Friday to meet with President Andrzej Duda for discussions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement, “The President will discuss how the United States, alongside our Allies and partners, is responding to the humanitarian and human rights crisis that Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war on Ukraine has created,”
“The trip will be focused on continuing to rally the world in support of the Ukrainian people and against President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine,” Psaki said of Biden’s trip to Europe.
“But there are no plans to travel into Ukraine,” she added.
The trip follows a visit by Biden to Belgium to meet with leaders from NATO, the G7 and the European Union. U.S Vice President Kamala Harris also met with Duda in Warsaw earlier this month, with both condemning Russia’s military action, especially against civilians.
Earlier, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, along with the Czech and Slovenian prime ministers, traveled to Kyiv to visit the besieged capital last week.
The annoucement comes shortly after the United States rejected Poland’s offer to send a MiG-29 fighter jet to Ukraine via a U.S. air base – an offer that caught U.S. officials off guard – saying the proposal raises “serious concerns” for the entire NATO alliance.
Since the start of the invasion, the United Nations estimates that about 10 million Ukrainians have fled their homes, about a third of whom have gone abroad, mostly to Poland.
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