U.S. President Joe Biden will argue in a speech in Poland on Saturday that the “free world” opposes Russia’s aggression on Ukraine and that there is unity among major economists about the need to stop Vladimir Putin, the White House said.
After three days of emergency meetings with G7 allies, the Council of Europe and NATO, and a visit with U.S. troops in Poland, Biden will meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Biden, who took office last year after a violently contested election, vowed to restore democracy at home and unite democracy abroad to face autocrats including Russian president and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Putin’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, which Russia calls a “special operation”, has tested that promise and threatened to launch a new Cold War three decades after the Soviet Union was uncovered.
In what U.S. officials described as a keynote speech in Poland, Biden “will deliver a speech on a united free world effort to support the Ukrainian people, hold Russia accountable for its brutal war, and defend a future rooted in democracy. Principles,” the White House said in a statement. a statement.
Warsaw, the background of the statement, was until the fall of communist rule in 1989 behind the Iron Curtain for four decades, under Soviet influence and members of the Moscow -led Warsaw Pact security coalition.
Today, Poland is the largest member of the former communist European Union and NATO, a security alliance formed to oppose the Soviet Union. The rise of right -wing populism in Poland in recent years has led to conflict with the European Union and Washington, but Russia’s urgent threat beyond its borders has brought Poland closer to its Western neighbor.
Biden’s election put Warsaw’s nationalist Law and Justice government in an awkward position after it had set up huge savings in its relationship with its predecessor Donald Trump.
But with tensions with Russia escalating ahead of the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, Duda appears to be working to smooth ties with Washington. In December, he vetoed a law that critics said was intended to silence U.S.-owned 24-hour news broadcasters.
Biden and Duda will meet in private and are expected to discuss how to arm Ukraine with warplanes, and other security guarantees.
Washington, which is trying to avoid direct conflict with Russia, rejected a surprise offer by Poland to transfer Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets to a U.S. base in Germany to be used to augment the Ukrainian air force.
Now, Poland wants to expedite the purchase of U.S. -made Patriot missiles, fighter jets and F35 tanks for its own safety, and seek assurances about NATO’s commitment to defending its members.
“Above all, we want the unshakable assurances provided by the United States within the framework of the alliance,” National Security Bureau chief Pawel Soloch said on Friday. “Especially here, to Poland and the countries in the region. If there is an attack on Poland, the US will defend Poland.”
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