Biden to visit Poland amid NATO’s efforts to strengthen Eastern flank

Warsaw is the only capital apart from Brussels that Biden will visit during his trip to Europe, described by CNN as “one of the highest-stakes presidential trips in recent memory”. His trip to Brussels focused on the NATO summit. [Shutterstock/esfera]

US President Joe Biden will visit Poland on Friday for two days, perceived as a gesture of support of a NATO ally amid the risk from Russia.

Warsaw is the only capital apart from Brussels that Biden will visit during his trip to Europe, described by CNN as “one of the highest-stakes presidential trips in recent memory”. His trip to Brussels focused on the NATO summit.

In Poland, he will meet President Andrzej Duda to discuss the Russian invasion in Ukraine and the ways to help Ukraine while ensuring the security of NATOs Eastern flank.

“The President will discuss how the United States, alongside our Allies and partners, is responding to the humanitarian and human rights crisis that Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war on Ukraine has created,” the White House’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Biden’s visit to Poland is the third in recent weeks by key members of the US administration, after Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Vice-President Kamala Harris.

Relations between Warsaw and Washington are said to have deteriorated in recent months, especially after the government sought to pass a controversial media law, which would hit US-owned Discovery Group’s investments in Poland. Moreover, Biden’s administration is critical about the state of the rule of law in Poland, which is also a bone of contention between the Polish government and the European Commission.

Nevertheless, asked whether the visits to Poland by Blinken, Harris and Biden are a sign of warm-up in the relations between the two countries, Radosław Korzycki, a journalist specialised in American issues, told EURACTIV.pl that there is no chance for better relations as long as Poland fails in the field of the rule of law.

However strange it may sound, “it is Vladimir Putin that is behind Joe Biden’s extending his hand to Andrzej Duda,” Korzycki said.

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