US President Joe Biden is due to visit Poland this week to discuss further efforts to support kyiv and punish Russia for its military offensive in Ukraine.
According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Biden will meet Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw on Friday to discuss how the United States and its allies are “to respond to the humanitarian and human rights crisis that Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war against Ukraine has created”.
The meeting is believed to take place after Biden traveled to Brussels, Belgium to meet with NATO allies and European Union officials to “discuss international efforts to support Ukraine and impose severe and unprecedented costs on Russia.”
While the Biden administration has provided military aid to Ukraine and imposed tough sanctions on Russia, it has also sought to avoid direct conflict between the United States and Russia.
This month, the Biden administration opposed plans to transfer Polish fighter jets to Ukraine, arguing that such a move would be too risky. “We believe that the provision of additional combat aircraft provides little increased capability at high risk,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said at the time.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, with the declared aim of “demilitarize and denazify” his government, ensuring that its aspirations for NATO membership no longer pose a threat to either Russia or the newly recognized Donbas republics, which have suffered seven years of siege by kyiv forces.
The United States and its allies have accused Russia of launching a “unprovoked invasion” to occupy Ukraine. Moscow has seen thousands of tough new restrictions and sanctions imposed as a result, with the US, EU and others seeking to “isolate” and “destroy” the Russian economy.
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