NewsPolish foreign minister blames Speaker Mike Johnson for delay in financial aid to Ukraine

Polish foreign minister blames Speaker Mike Johnson for delay in financial aid to Ukraine

Radosław Sikorski after a meeting in Washington
Radosław Sikorski after a meeting in Washington
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2:46 AM EST, February 27, 2024

On Monday evening Eastern Time, Radosław Sikorski had a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington.

"The safety of Poland was the main focus of our discussion, particularly in the context of the Ukrainian war. We explored ways to enhance the enforcement of sanctions against Russia, extend the presence of American troops in Poland, and support Ukraine in its struggle," Sikorski reported post-meeting.

"The Secretary of State expressed his confidence that Congress would approve an aid package for Ukraine. He thanked Poland for leading by example on defense spending among allies. We also exchanged remarks over the visit by the president and the prime minister. The US appreciates that Poland stands as a united voice in matters of defense and the Ukrainian war," added Sikorski.

The Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs was also queried about the likelihood of a successful vote on aid for Ukraine in the US Congress.

"It's up to one man who's supposed to be in Washington tomorrow. He carries a big responsibility," answered Sikorski.

"Given the stalemate on the Ukrainian front, and the urgent need for ammunition to support soldiers where Russia has a significant artillery advantage, and for the defense of cities, hospitals, and apartment blocks – not to mention anti-aircraft defense – if they fail to receive this aid, Speaker Mike Johnson will be personally accountable," said Radosław Sikorski.

When asked if such commentary aimed at Republican politicians could yield an inverse effect, Sikorski responded.

"For some time, I've been reaching out from Poland and now from here to our nationalists and those who supported Donald Trump, both in his past campaign and when he was resisting giving up power. I've been persuading the Polish populace of their unique connection with Donald Trump. Now is the time to prove that influence, if it truly exists," said Radosław Sikorski.

"I understand a delegation of Law and Justice parliamentarians is here in Washington. I wonder if they addressed the Republican congressmen blocking this aid package for Ukraine. I urge the president and today's opposition leaders to utilize their connections with the Republican side for the sake of Ukraine and Poland's security. I repeat my call to our compatriots who are American citizens to write emails, send letters, and call Speaker Johnson and Republican Congressmen to pass this aid for Ukraine," the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs added.

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