On Saturday, March 26, U.S. President Joe Biden met two senior Ukrainian officials on his trip to Poland, according to Reuters. This was the first face-to-face meeting since the Russia-Ukraine conflict started.
During the meeting in Warsaw, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov and President Biden, the U.S. sealed its “unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
During the meeting, Biden sat at a long table alongside U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, as well as Ukrainian officials.
Those at the meeting “discussed further efforts to help Ukraine defend its territory. They also discussed the United States’ ongoing actions to hold President Putin accountable for Russia’s brutal aggression, in coordination with our allies and partners,” the White House said in its press briefing.
While Kuleba reported to Ukrainian national television shortly thereafter, that “President Biden said what is happening in Ukraine will change the history of the 21st century, and we will work together to ensure that this change is in our favour, in Ukraine’s favour, in the favour of the democratic world.”
Following that meeting, Biden met with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.
Later on Saturday, Biden will give a speech in the Polish capital, after which he will culminate his four-day trip, where—in addition to visiting the U.S. military near the Ukrainian border—he participated in Brussels in three NATO, G7 and European Union (EU) summits focused on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan assured, according to Associated Press, that Biden in his speech will talk about the “urgency of the challenge that lies ahead” and “what the conflict in Ukraine means for the world, and why it is so important that the free world stay in unity and resolve in the face of Russian aggression”.