President Joe Biden will visit Poland on Friday, March 25, according to a White House statement released on Sunday.
After meeting in Brussels with NATO, G7, and EU allies, the President will travel to Warsaw. Biden will hold talks with Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda to “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 trip will be focused on continuing to rally the world in support of the Ukrainian people and against President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted.
The US President is not scheduled to visit Ukraine itself, she said.
We will have additional details of @potus trip to Europe to announce later today. The trip will be focused on continuing to rally the world in support of the Ukrainian people and against President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine,
but there are no plans to travel into Ukraine.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) March 20, 2022
Biden’s trip to Poland comes as Washington and Warsaw have not necessarily seen eye-to-eye on their concerted response to Russia’s aggression.
Earlier this month, Poland wanted to transfer warplanes to Ukraine, which the United States rejected. The Pentagon said in a statement that NATO jets departing from German bases to fly into Russian-contested airspace over Ukraine “raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance.”
“It is simply not clear to us that there is a substantive rationale for it,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said.
Poland has also said it’s going to formally submit a proposal to NATO for a peacekeeping mission to Ukraine, a proposal that the United States has not been receptive to.
The U.S. representative to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that U.S. troops will not be sent if that mission is given the green light.
“The president has been clear on that, and other NATO countries may decide that they want to put troops inside of Ukraine. That will be a decision that they have to make,” she said.