President Joe Biden made a trip to Poland and gave a speech at the historic Kubicki Arcades, where he expressed his gratitude for the country’s continued partnership and support. He acknowledged his last visit to Poland, which occurred after Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked Ukraine, causing the largest land war in Europe since World War Two. In his speech, he addressed the fundamental questions that arose when Russia invaded Ukraine and expressed his appreciation for the world’s response.
“We did respond. We would be strong. We would be united. And the world would not look the other way,” he said, receiving applause from the audience. He also emphasized the importance of standing up for the sovereignty of nations and the right of people to live free from aggression.
President Biden also commended Ukraine for their resilience in the face of Russian aggression, stating, “When I visited Kyiv, I saw a city that stands strong, proud, tall, and free.”
Aside from his speech, President Biden had a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to discuss the ongoing challenges faced by the region.
President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to standing with Ukraine.
“As Ukraine continues to defend itself against the Russian onslaught and launch counter-offensives of its own, there will continue to be hard and very bitter days, victories, and tragedies. But Ukraine is steeled for the fight ahead. And the United States, together with our Allies and partners, are going to continue to have Ukraine’s back as it defends itself,” said President Biden.
Looking ahead, the President also announced plans to host every member of NATO for the 2024 summit in the United States. “Together, we’ll celebrate the 75th anniversary of the strongest defensive alliance in the history of the world — NATO,” he said, adding that the commitment of the United States to NATO’s Article 5 is rock solid.
“An attack against one is an attack against all. It’s a sacred oath to defend every inch of NATO territory,” said President Biden.
Reflecting on the past year, the President recognized the efforts of the United States and its allies to stand against Russian aggression. But he also stressed the importance of building a better future.
“We need to take the strength and capacity of this coalition and apply it to lifting up the lives of people everywhere, improving health, growing prosperity, preserving the planet, building peace and security, treating everyone with dignity and respect,” he said.
The President noted that the world is at an inflection point, and the decisions made over the next few years will shape the future for decades to come. He emphasized that the choice is between chaos and stability, building and destroying, hope and fear, and democracy that lifts up the human spirit or the brutal hand of a dictator that crushes it.
“Freedom. There is no sweeter word than freedom. There is no nobler goal than freedom. There is no higher aspiration than freedom,” said President Biden in Poland, concluding his speech with a resounding applause.
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