White House: If Russia invades Ukraine, we will strengthen NATO’s Eastern flank

A series of consultations have taken place before Biden-Putin online meeting

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
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NATO soldiers of U.S. and Lithuania, right, take part in a military exercise 'Saber Strike 2018' (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

The White House indicated that President Joe Biden spoke on Monday to the leaders of Germany, France, Great Britain and Italy, stressing the need for a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine,

The conversation was part of the president’s consultations with European allies ahead of the virtual summit with Vladimir Putin.

According to a high-ranking White House official, the United States is ready to support Ukraine “if a new Russian invasion of Ukraine takes place, Moscow should expect higher US presence on NATO’s Eastern flank,” the Polish Press Agency reported, citing a “high ranking White House official.”

Prior to the upcoming Tuesday online summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, a Biden administration representative reminded of the European Deterrence Initiative, which led to the increased deployment of rotational forces on NATO’s Eastern flank following Russia’s aggression in Crimea in 2014.

“We can expect that in the case of an invasion, there would be a need to increase the assurance and sense of security of our allies in NATO and the United States are ready to do that,” the representative said.

Meanwhile, the head of the Polish National Security Bureau (BBN), Paweł Soloch, indicated that prior to the Biden-Putin online meeting, the heads of Polish and American diplomacy, Zbigniew Rau and Anthony Blinken, along with the ministers of defense of both countries, Mariusz Błaszczak and Lloyd Austin, held an online meeting.

Soloch spoke with his American counterpart, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, in the name of the Polish president.

Poland was also visited earlier by the American Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines.

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