Poland’s president goes on a diplomatic offensive

Poland's President Andrzej Duda (C), together with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, walks through the streets of Munich. (Source: J. Szymczuk/KPRP).
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Last week, Polish President Andrzej Duda met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, as well as British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and King Charles III in London; he then participated in the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

“The whole series of meetings took place in a good atmosphere,” the president said after arriving in Warsaw. “We are preparing, together with our partners, for the visit of U.S. President Joe Biden in Warsaw.”

“We discussed what we will be talking about at the Bucharest Nine meeting with President Biden: further action regarding the strengthening of the eastern flank of NATO, as well as the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius,” said the president.

Duda stressed that Poland wants NATO to decide on the potential of rapid reaction forces. “We are talking about creating more NATO weapon depots on the eastern flank. This will accelerate the process of creating rapid reaction forces if such a need arises,” Duda said.

He added that issues regarding the Ukraine war and aiding Kyiv were also a part of the talks.

“All allies agree that we must support Ukraine and realize the actual demands declared by Ukraine,” the president said. He also hoped that a visit by Biden to Poland to mark the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “will be of global dimension.”

Biden is set to arrive Tuesday in Warsaw. During the trip, he plans to hold talks with the leaders of NATO’s nine eastern flank nations (the Bucharest Nine) and give a speech on “how the United States has rallied the world to support the people of Ukraine,” according to the White House.

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