Following his participation in the NATO summit earlier this week, US President Joe Biden met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kolba and Defense Minister Oleksy Reznikov today (Saturday) during his visit to Poland. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin were both present for the conference.
The US has expressed “unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to a State Department official. The Ukrainian foreign minister stated that the US had made new security assurances to his country about the expansion of security cooperation. “What is happening in Ukraine will change the history of the twenty-first century,” he said, adding, “and we will work together to ensure that this change is for our good, for the benefit of Ukraine, and for the benefit of the democratic world.”
“This evening, Biden will address the world’s united efforts to assist Ukraine’s people, to hold Russia accountable for its terrible war, and to preserve a future built in democratic principles,” the White House said in a statement. After expressing his desire to allow hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian migrants to join his nation, Biden will also visit the Refugee Absorption Center at Warsaw National Stadium. He complimented Poland’s efforts to absorb refugees, but added that other nations should do the same to “lighten the load.”
The US president met with soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army in the Polish city of Rzeszow yesterday. “The question is who will triumph – democracy and the principles we share, or autocracy?” he added in his speech. That is, after all, what is at stake. What’s at stake here isn’t just what we’re doing to assist the Ukrainian people and stop the massacre from continuing, but also how your children and grandchildren will live in freedom.”
Biden with 82nd Airborne Division Soldiers (Photo: REUTERS/ Evelyn Hockstein)
Biden will also meet with key Polish government officials to discuss their preparedness in the event that Russia attacks them. Biden met with Polish President Andrzej Duda and expressed his willingness to assist.