Joe Biden challenged Moscow by meeting face to face in the capital of another neighboring country, Poland, Ukraine’s foreign and defense ministers, the first time the White House chief has met face-to-face with senior Ukrainian officials who from the beginning of his tour in Europe. Also present at the meeting held at a hotel in Warsaw were US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Ukraine has repeatedly urged the United States and NATO to increase military assistance, with President Volodymyr Zelensky insisting on a no-fly zone, which the military alliance seeks to avoid, as such a move would mean a strike. of Russian aircraft and its entry into the war with Moscow. After the talks in Brussels these days, in which Zelensky appeared virtually, it became clear that the idea does not have the support of NATO members, while Biden himself has stated that a direct involvement in this conflict could provoke World War III. .
Disappointed, Ukrainian leaders claimed they expected bolder decisions from the North Atlantic Alliance. Western engagement, however, has not been lacking. Biden’s visit to Europe was entirely focused on the Ukraine war. The US President also met with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda to discuss how the US and its allies are responding to the refugee crisis caused by this war, and before returning to Washington, is expected to deliver a speech, which the House White describes it as “extremely important.”