The president of United States, Joe Bidenwill commemorate the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine this month with a visit to NATO ally Polandthe White House reported on Friday.
Biden will stay from February 20 to 22 and will meet with the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, as well as representatives of the Bucharest Nine, a group of Eastern European NATO allies, government press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
The meeting will serve to “talk about our bilateral cooperation and our collective efforts to support Ukraine and strengthen NATO’s deterrence capabilities,” he said.
Biden expects to give a speech in which he will repeat that the United States will support Ukraine “as long as it takes”.
Poland is the main reception center for Ukrainian refugees and Western military aid, much of it coming from the United States. Is considered Biden unlikely to visit neighboring Ukraine due to security concerns.
Meanwhile, Russia is believed to be planning a new offensive on the occasion of the anniversary, and has intensified its long-range attacks against Ukraine’s military and civilian infrastructure in recent weeks.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden would meet with the Polish president and the leaders of the Bucharest Nine, NATO allies in Eastern Europeto speak of his “unwavering support” for the alliance.
Biden visited Poland just weeks after the start of the war, on February 24, 2022, when he delivered a forceful plea in favor of supporting Ukraine’s defense in front of the iconic Royal Castle in Warsaw. At the time, Biden said Putin “cannot continue in power,” though the White House quickly backed down from what initially appeared to be a call for regime change in Moscow.
First lady Jill Biden briefly crossed the border on a trip in May and met her counterpart, Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska, in the latter’s first public event since the war began. Biden, as well as White House officials, have highlighted the unique security challenges posed by a possible visit by a US president to a country under invasion by nuclear-armed Russia.
In December, Biden hosted President Volodimir Zelensky at the White House, where the Ukrainian leader also pushed for more weapons and support from the West.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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