“I think this visit will show a unity of purpose between the Americans and the Polish people and a shared definition of the threat. (…) Poland is seen as a humanitarian superpower since 24 February last year because of your actions. This is very impressive,” these are just excerpts from a wide-ranging interview by Maciej Kozuszek with US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski for Telewizja Republika.
US Ambassador Mark Brzezinski gave an interview to Telewizja Republika in which he was asked about President Joe Biden’s visit to Poland next week.
The diplomat stressed that “guests can start arriving as early as 2 pm”.
“We’re grateful to the people of Poland”
Mark Brzezinski also pointed out that “America is the largest supplier of the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves. But we also know a vast amount of vast amount of that supply comes through Poland.”
“And we’re grateful. We’re grateful to the people of Poland for that,” he declared.
“Not just words, but actions”
Maciej Kożuszek, who conducted the interview, also questioned Brzezinski about the theme of the US president’s planned speech.
“Do you think this speech will be more of a recognition of our achievements or a presentation of perspective, i.e., what more do we need to do to help Ukraine keep up the fight and ultimately win?” – he asked.
Mark Brzezinski also pointed out that “America has more than ten thousand troops in Poland.”
The interviewer cited the President’s last visit to Poland, where he spoke at the Royal Castle. The American president at the time, made a declaration that ‘the US will defend every inch of NATO territory.’ He asked the American diplomat whether these words should resonate again. In doing so, he pointed out that the war in Ukraine has been going on for almost a year now, and such assurances are a guarantee for the security of Poland and the entire NATO flank.
“Some of the images from Ukraine are reminiscent of 1939…”
Mark Brzezinski compared the current situation in Ukraine to 1939. As he stressed – this is the association many Poles may have.
The American diplomat, addressing the Poles, assured them that “we stand together in this and we are ready for anything.”
Joe Biden, the US President, will arrive in Poland on Tuesday morning, 21 February. He will begin his visit to our country with a meeting with President Andrzej Duda. In the evening, in turn, the American president will give a speech in Warsaw on the situation in Ukraine.