Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau will travel to Washington next week for a series of meetings with representatives of the US administration. He plans to talk to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, TVN has reported The information was confirmed by a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ukraine and Western countries believe that Russia’s concentration of about 100,000 troops at the Ukrainian border is intended to put pressure on Kiev and the capitals that support it. Military experts and Western governments speak of a real threat of Russian aggression.
President Andrzej Duda, who took part on Monday in international consultations on the situation around Ukraine and on NATO’s eastern flank, announced the convening of the National Security Council on Friday. On Monday evening, US President Joe Biden held a video conference with President Duda and the leaders of Germany, France, Italy, the UK, the EU, and NATO.
Also on Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński took part in the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council. The main topic of discussion of the heads of diplomacy of the member states was the security situation in Europe, in particular the threat of escalation of Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine. This issue was also discussed with the participation of the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who participated in the meeting in the form of a video conference.
Late last year, Russia made a number of demands to the U.S. and NATO, calling them proposals for security guarantees. Russia is demanding legal guarantees that NATO will not be extended m.in Ukraine. The Countries of the Alliance have already ruled out meeting this demand. If the demands are not met, Moscow has announced steps, including military ones, although it does not specify what these actions could be. On Wednesday, Washington and NATO provided Moscow with written responses to these demands.
On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva, said Russia faces a choice, it can choose a diplomatic solution that leads to peace and security, or a path that only leads to conflict, severe consequences, and international condemnation. The U.S., its allies and partners support Ukraine and are prepared for both options.