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Polish president to hold talks in Bulgaria, Romania ahead of NATO summit

22.03.2022 07:30
Poland's President Andrzej Duda is on Tuesday set to hold talks with his counterparts in Bulgaria and Romania ahead of this week's NATO summit and an upcoming trip to Warsaw by US President Joe Biden, according to officials.
Polish President Andrzej Duda (centre) arrives in Sofia for talks on Tuesday with his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev.
Polish President Andrzej Duda (centre) arrives in Sofia for talks on Tuesday with his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev.Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański

On Monday, Duda met with Moldovan President Maia Sandu in Chișinău, where he said that the post-Soviet states of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia should be admitted to the European Union and reaffirmed his pledge to support their membership aspirations.

Andrzej Duda podkreślił swoje wsparcie dla prounijnych aspiracji Mołdawii Andrzej Duda and Moldova's Maia Sandu meet in Chișinău on Monday. Photo: Marek Borawski/KPRP

The Polish president's top foreign policy adviser, Jakub Kumoch, has told reporters that Duda's trips this week to Moldova, Bulgaria and Romania are part of consultations the Polish leader is conducting ahead of NATO's Brussels summit and his upcoming meeting with Biden in Warsaw.

Biden will travel to Poland following meetings with NATO allies, G7 leaders and European Union politicians in Brussels this week to discuss international efforts to support Ukraine and "impose severe and unprecedented costs on Russia for its invasion," according to a statement by the White House.

NATO leaders including Biden are scheduled to meet for an "extraordinary" summit in Brussels on Thursday to discuss Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the summit will "address Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, our strong support for Ukraine, and further strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defence."

On Friday, Biden will travel to Warsaw, where he is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Duda the next day, Poland's PAP news agency has reported.


Source: PAP