The American President, Joe Bidenvisited this Friday the US soldiers deployed near the Polish border with Ukrainewhich he defined as “the best fighting force in the history of the world”.
Biden sat down for a pizza lunch with some members of the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Armed Forces, posted to Poland to reinforce NATO’s eastern flank after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “We are in the middle of, and I don’t want to sound too philosophical, but we are in the middle of a struggle between democracies and oligarchs”, expressed the president.
And he continued: “The world will not be the same, not because of Ukraine, but it will not be the same in 10 or 15 years in terms of our organizational structures. The question is: Who will prevail? Will our democracy prevail and the values we share? Or are autocracies going to prevail? And that is really what is at stake. So what they are doing (he told the soldiers) is consistent, really consistent”.
Then, he stated: “I spent a lot of time in Ukraine when I was a senator and vice president. I have spoken to the Rada (Parliament) in the days when they did not actually have what you would call ‘democracy’ and I was there on the Maidan when the former leader (former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych) had to take off and lead Russia. And so, you know, with the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian people have a lot of backbone and a lot of guts, and I’m sure they’re watching it.”
“Thank you very, very much for all that you are doing. You are the best fighting force in the history of the world”, the president also told soldiers outside the airport in the Polish city of Rzeszów, located about 100 kilometers from the border with Ukraine.
The president told the military an anecdote about how his son Beau, who died in 2015, did not want to use the last name Biden to avoid attracting attention when he was deployed as a combatant in the Iraq war.
Dressed without a tie and clearly in a good mood, Biden told the soldiers he wanted to have lunch with them and immediately grabbed a slice of pepperoni and jalapeño pizza, the spiciness of which brought tears to his eyes..
The president chatted animatedly with the uniformed men and then moved to different tables to greet them all.
Shortly before, the president visited a room where fourteen soldiers were waiting to cut their hair, and joked with them telling them that if he went to the barber shop, there wouldn’t be “much” to cut.
The city of Rzeszów, located just over an hour by road from the border with Ukraine, has become a kind of logistics center in Poland, which has received more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees.
Rzeszów is the first stop in Poland for Biden, who tomorrow, Saturday, will meet in Warsaw with Ukrainian refugees and give a speech on the allied response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine before flying back to Washington..
(With information from EFE)
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