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Polish FM, US state secretary discuss more aid for Ukraine

27.02.2024 09:00
Poland's top diplomat Radosław Sikorski and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken have discussed Russia's war against Ukraine and further security assistance to Kyiv during a meeting in Washington, according to the foreign ministry in Warsaw.
Polands Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski (right) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) meet in Washington on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024.
Poland's Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski (right) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) meet in Washington on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024.Photo: Konrad Laskowski/MSZ (Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

"Help for Ukraine, the upcoming visit of President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Donald Tusk, sanctions against Russia and the development of military cooperation were the main topics of the meeting," the Polish foreign ministry said in a post on X.

During the talks in Washington on Monday, Sikorski "outlined Ukraine's current situation and pointed out the need for immediate military assistance," according to the Polish foreign ministry.

He "stressed that European countries have spent more on aid to Ukraine than the United States, but are not in a position to quickly supply the necessary armaments," it said.

The US State Department said in a statement that Blinken and Sikorski "discussed deepening U.S.-Polish bilateral relations across a wide range of mutual interests, including defense cooperation, our shared democratic values, and energy security and civil-nuclear energy cooperation" when they met in Washington on Monday.

"The United States and Poland stand united as NATO Allies in support of Ukraine’s efforts to defend itself against Russia’s ongoing aggression," the statement said.

Blinken said in an X post: "Our partnership continues to grow. Together we are supporting Ukraine, strengthening our defense and energy cooperation, and reinforcing our democratic values."

While in Washington on Monday, the Polish foreign minister also met with President Joe Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and senators Mark Warner and Chris Murphy.

In another highlight of the visit, Sikorski delivered a speech at the Atlantic Council think tank focusing on further Western support for Ukraine.

He said: "Helping Ukraine by defeating Putin is the right thing to do in the broadest sense of the word. It is morally sound, strategically wise, militarily justified and economically beneficial. It outweighs politics. It transcends partisanship."

Poland's President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Donald Tusk are set to visit Biden at the White House on March 12.

During the meeting, "the leaders will reaffirm their unwavering support for Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s brutal war of conquest," according to an announcement.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, starting the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II.

Tuesday is day 734 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: IAR, PAP, state.gov