US president meets Polish counterpart after visiting US troops stationed close to Ukraine border.
President Joe Biden arrived in Poland to go to United States troops and meet his Polish counterpart and in contrast Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to China’s crushing of protests in Tiananmen Sq. in 1989.
Biden arrived in Poland on Friday afternoon at an airport in Rzeszow, positioned about 170km (105 miles) from the western Ukrainian metropolis of Lviv that has grow to be a significant staging space for displaced individuals.
Biden praised Ukrainians for displaying “spine” of their resistance towards Russia, giving the instance of “a 30-year-old lady standing there in entrance of a tank with a rifle”.
“I imply, discuss what occurred to Tiananmen Sq.. That is Tiananmen Sq. squared,” he mentioned.
Biden additionally referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as “a person who, fairly frankly, I feel is a struggle felony”.
Biden visited United States troops stationed close to Poland’s border with Ukraine and received a have a look at the rising humanitarian response to the tens of millions of Ukrainians who’re fleeing to Poland to flee Russia’s assault.
President Andrzej Duda greeted Biden within the close by city of Jasionka at a briefing on the humanitarian help being offered to Ukrainian refugees coming into Poland.
The 2 leaders had been joined within the briefing by Samantha Energy, administrator of the US Company for Worldwide Improvement and a gaggle of about 20 US and Polish officers.
In response to the Russian invasion, the US has deployed 20,000 troops to Europe to deliver the overall variety of energetic forces on the continent to 100,000.
In line with the US Division of Protection, there will probably be extra troops deployed.
Biden and NATO leaders, assembly in Brussels on Thursday, agreed to ascertain 4 new NATO battle teams to be based mostly in Jap Europe.
The White Home introduced on Thursday the US can be accepting 100,000 Ukrainian refugees and introduced greater than $1bn in humanitarian help for Ukraine and neighbouring nations coping with the circulate of refugees.
The European Union says some 3.5 million Ukrainians – half of them kids – have fled the nation, with greater than 2.2 million ending up in Poland.
The US Congress this month accredited funding for $13.6bn on humanitarian and navy help for Ukraine. The Biden administration has begun allocating these funds.
Biden and Duda are scheduled to carry extra talks in Warsaw on Saturday.