US President Joe Biden will visit Poland from February 20 to 22, he will meet with his counterpart Andrzej Duda and the leaders of the “Bucharest Nine” countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Estonia). This was announced on Friday at a briefing for journalists by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
“From February 20 to 22, Biden will visit Poland. He will meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda to discuss our bilateral cooperation, as well as our collective efforts to support Ukraine and strengthen NATO’s deterrence capabilities. He will also meet with the leaders of the Bucharest Nine, the group of our NATO allies on the eastern flank, to reaffirm the continued support of the United States for the security of the North Atlantic Alliance.” she noted.
According to the press secretary, the American leader will deliver a speech on the occasion of the anniversary of the special military operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.
Jean-Pierre was also asked which cities Biden might visit in Poland.
“We will have more information closer to the trip itself,” she replied.
Asked about the possibility of Biden visiting Ukraine while in Poland, the White House National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirbywho also participated in the briefing, said that there were no announcements about other points of the president’s trip.
According to Kirby, during the speech, the American leader intends to “make it clear to the Ukrainian people that the United States will continue to support them in the future.”
“We know the coming weeks and months will be difficult and critical, especially for their military, and the United States is committed to continuing to support them.” he added.
Kirby was asked if the head of state intended to announce in Poland the next package of US military aid to Ukraine.
“I will not anticipate the President’s speech, I am not going to do it. The President will make it clear that the United States will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes. He will continue to call for international cohesion, which we see not only in NATO, but throughout the world, not only in Europe. And I think he will certainly make it clear that additional security assistance, additional financial assistance and additional support for Ukraine will come from the United States, but I will not get ahead of myself and talk about anything specific.” – said the representative of the White House.
He stressed that the Washington administration continues to work on the agenda for the visit of the head of state to Poland.
“I do not rule out that there may be additional meetings that the president can hold,” Kirby pointed out.