Biden travels to Poland to speak to Duda about the Ukraine crisis

US President Biden boards Marine One to travel to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on the South Lawn of the White House
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden boards Marine One before traveling to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 18, 2022 for the weekend. REUTERS/Al Drago/File Photo

March 21, 2022

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joseph Biden will travel to Poland on Friday to discuss the international response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has sparked a “humanitarian and human rights crisis,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said , late Sunday.

Biden will travel to Warsaw, where he will hold a bilateral meeting with President Andrzej Duda, the White House said. More than 2 million refugees have entered Poland from Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, Polish border guards said on Friday.

Biden’s trip to Poland will come a day after his meeting in Brussels with NATO allies, G7 leaders and European Union leaders to discuss international efforts to help Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, the White House said.

The White House also said Biden would host a call with President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom at 11 a.m. EST Monday at 11 a.m. EST to discuss their coordinated responses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

United Nations data showed on Thursday that about 3.2 million have fled Ukraine abroad since last month amid the fastest-spreading refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. The United Nations said some of the 2 million people who entered Poland from Ukraine have moved on to other EU countries, but “the majority are believed to be still in Poland”.

On Thursday, Biden will attend an emergency NATO summit on Ukraine, as well as a G7 meeting. He will also attend a planned European Council summit to discuss Ukraine, “including transatlantic efforts to impose economic costs on Russia, provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by the violence and address other challenges related to the conflict,” he said the White House.

Earlier Sunday, Psaki said Biden has no plans to visit Ukraine during his European tour this week.

(Reporting by David Shepardson and Ismail Shakil; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Michael Perry) Biden travels to Poland to speak to Duda about the Ukraine crisis

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