Before the meeting with Polish President Joe Biden came to the American soldiers and thanked them for their service.
President Biden on Friday visited the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, who are serving with Polish troops and are stationed near the border of Poland with Ukraine. He personally asked the paratroopers about the situation on the border and even managed to try a soldier’s pizza in the dining room. He told the servicemen that they were “the best soldiers in the world” and thanked them for their service.
Addressing the American military, the head of the White House admired the courage of the Ukrainian people, saying that “the Ukrainian people have demonstrated that they are ready to stand to the end, have demonstrated an example of courage,” and adding that he means not only the Ukrainian military, but also ordinary residents, including women and children. In particular, Biden cited the example of the first days of the war, when unarmed civilians tried to stop Russian tanks.
Biden also said that not only the fate of Ukraine is being decided now, and the task of the world community is not only to help the Ukrainian people prevent their further destruction. Biden told the military that it is now being decided “what kind of world your children and grandchildren will live in in terms of their freedom.” According to the American president, the world is now in a new phase, and it will not be the same. And the main question is whether autocracy or democracy and democratic values will win in the world.
The U.S. president’s plane landed on Friday afternoon at the airport of Rzeszow, the largest city in southeastern Poland, where American troops are based about an hour’s drive from the Ukrainian border.
Right at Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, Presidents Joe Biden and Andrzej Duda held a humanitarian briefing on the possibilities of helping the civilian population of Ukraine hiding from the shelling of Russian troops, as well as assisting the growing flow of Ukrainian refugees inside Ukraine.
President Biden admitted that he would like to personally inspect the border of Poland with Ukraine – the town of Rzeszow is only 60 km away from it – but said that his guards considered such a risk disproportionate. Nevertheless, the American leader stressed that he definitely wanted to visit Poland to show the Poles that in this largest crisis in Europe since the Second World War; Poland is providing the most important assistance to Ukrainian refugees and the European community.
Poland hopes that Biden’s visit will illustrate statements made earlier by the White House that NATO will protect “every inch” of the alliance’s territory. Warsaw really wants even more American troops to be stationed on the eastern flank of NATO.
It is assumed that Poland will probably put forward the idea of an international peacekeeping mission to send it to Ukraine. This idea was first proposed by Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and leader of the ruling party Jaroslaw Kaczynski during a trip to Kyiv.