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Polish president to visit Portugal, Italy, Romania

08.06.2022 07:30
Poland’s president is visiting Portugal, Italy and Romania this week, with support for war-torn Ukraine in focus. 
Andrzej Duda.
Andrzej Duda.PAP/Tomasz Wiktor

Andrzej Duda’s three-day trip starts on Wednesday and will take in Lisbon, Rome and Bucharest, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported. 

The Polish president will make the visits alongside his Slovakian counterpart Zuzana Čaputová, officials said. 

The pair will hold talks with Portugal's head of state, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, on Wednesday, and with the Italian President Sergio Matarella on Thursday, among other meetings.

Food crisis, Ukraine’s EU aspirations, military assistance

At a meeting with the public in the southwestern town of Olesno on Tuesday, the president said that while in Portugal and Italy, he would discuss ways to help Ukraine export its grain. 

“We’ll talk about how to create international pressure for this to happen. How to prevent this huge problem,” he stated.

Ukraine’s food exports are currently blockaded by the invading Russian forces.

“We’ll also discuss European Union candidate status for Ukraine,” the president said.

Another topic on the agenda is military assistance to Ukraine, officials told reporters.

Duda stressed: “Russian imperialism must be stopped.” 

B9 summit in Bucharest

On Friday, the Polish president is set to attend a summit of the Bucharest Nine (B9) countries in the Romanian capital. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will also take part in the meeting. 

The B9 brings together countries lying on the eastern flank of NATO: Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia. 

Wednesday is day 105 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 


Source: IAR, PAP, prezydent.pl