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Biden to visit Poland from February 20-22: White House

10.02.2023 22:20
US President Joe Biden will visit Poland from February 20-22 to meet with Polish head of state Andrzej Duda, attend a meeting of NATO’s eastern-flank countries and deliver a speech ahead of the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, officials confirmed on Friday. 
US President Joe Biden.
US President Joe Biden.PAP/Radek Pietruszka

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement: “From February 20th – 22nd, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will travel to Poland. He will meet with President Andrzej Duda of Poland to discuss our bilateral cooperation as well as our collective efforts to support Ukraine and bolster NATO’s deterrence.”

The press secretary added: “He will also meet with the leaders of the Bucharest Nine (B9), a group of our eastern flank NATO Allies, to reaffirm the United States’ unwavering support for the security of the Alliance.”

Jean-Pierre also stated: “In addition, President Biden will deliver remarks ahead of the one year anniversary of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, addressing how the United States has rallied the world to support the people of Ukraine as they defend their freedom and democracy, and how we will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

Meanwhile, John Kirby, the strategic communications coordinator at America's National Security Council, told reporters Biden would send a message of continued US support for Ukraine’s efforts, the US broadcaster CNN reported.

“We know the next weeks and months are going to be difficult and critical, especially for their own forces, and the United States is going to continue to stand by them,” Kirby said.

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda took to Twitter to confirm Biden’s visit, saying in a tweet: “On my invitation US President Joe Biden will make another visit to Poland.”

The Polish head of state added: “Poland will also co-host a summit of the eastern flank of NATO and the United States.”

“Our allied relations are stronger than ever,” Duda stressed.  

Friday was day 352 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: PAP, CNN, whitehouse.gov