Biden to visit Poland to discuss Ukraine crisis with Duda

U.S. President Joe Biden boards Marine One, before heading to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for the weekend, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 18, 2022. REUTERS/Al Draco/File Photo

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WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joseph Biden will travel to Poland on Friday to discuss the international response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that has sparked a “human rights and humanitarian crisis”, said said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Sunday evening.

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, the Polish border guard announced on Friday.

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

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The White House also said Biden will host a call Monday at 11 a.m. EST 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. to discuss their coordinated responses to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

United Nations data showed from Thursday Around 3.2 million people have fled Ukraine since last month, in what has become Europe’s fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II. The UN said some of the 2 million people entering Poland from Ukraine have moved to other EU countries, but “the majority are believed to still be in Poland”.

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

Earlier on Sunday, PSAki said Biden had no plans to visit Ukraine during his trip to Europe this week.

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Reporting by David Shepardson and Ismail Shakil; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Michael Perry

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