President Biden will visit Poland during Europe trip this week

Poland has accepted more Ukrainian refugees than any other country.

Updated: March 21, 2022 - 12:52pm

President Joe Biden will stop in Poland this week during a trip to Europe for urgent talks with NATO and European allies as Russia continues its brutal attack on Ukraine.

First, the U.S. leader will travel to Brussels then to Poland, which has acted as a crucial ally to Ukraine during the fighting. The country is currently hosting thousands of American troops and has accepted more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees in the last four weeks — more than any other country.

Biden will meet with President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw on Saturday, where he will discuss the U.S. and allies' "humanitarian" response to the "human rights crisis that Russia's unjustified and unprovoked war on Ukraine has created," said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

Today, Biden will discuss the ongoing war with European leaders, including 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 present, according to the White House, Biden has no plans to visit Ukraine. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly asked the U.S. to provide increased military assistance, in particular advanced aircraft and air-defense systems. U.S. leaders and NATO leaders have repeatedly shied away from the prospect of a no-fly zone above Ukraine, which would involve other Western nations directly in the conflict with Russia.

Biden's trip will include a Thursday summit with NATO leaders, during which they will discuss strengthening the European bloc's general deterrence and defense strategies against a now openly hostile and confrontational Vladimir Putin. 

Biden will also participate in a European Council summit to discuss the allies' sweeping sanctions against Russia and ongoing humanitarian efforts for Ukrainian's millions of misplaced citizens.

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