US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan provided an overview of President Joe Biden’s upcoming trip to Brussels and Poland, outlining the president’s agenda and setting out a series of priorities for the trip.
According to Sullivan, Biden will attend an emergency NATO summit in Brussels, joined by the leaders of the other 29 NATO allies, before addressing the 27 leaders of the European Union during a session of the European Council. From there, Biden “will have the opportunity to coordinate the next phase of military assistance to Ukraine” and to “join our partners in imposing new sanctions on Russia and strengthening existing sanctions to suppress the evasion and to ensure rigorous application”.
The president is also expected to make a series of new announcements, including “joint action to strengthen European energy security and finally reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian gas”, as well as “adjustments to more long-term posture of NATO forces on the eastern flank”. .” Biden will also make new human rights pledges “to respond to the growing flow of refugees” from Ukraine, Sullivan said.
In Poland, Biden will “engage with US troops who are now helping to defend NATO territory, and he will meet with experts involved in the humanitarian response”, and hold a bilateral meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Sullivan did not say whether the president would personally meet refugees during his trip to Poland.
In remarks to reporters on Tuesday, the national security adviser outlined the administration’s priorities during his trip to Europe, noting that Russian President Vladimir Putin “has so far blatantly failed” to subdue neighboring Ukraine. , to strengthen Russian power in the region or to degrade Western influence.
“For our part, since President Biden and the United States began warning the world of impending Russian aggression in November, we have clearly and consistently pursued three lines of effort,” Sullivan told reporters. journalists. “First, to help Ukraine defend itself by supplying it with weapons and military equipment. Second, to impose severe and growing economic costs on Russia through the application of unprecedented sanctions in close coordination with allies and partners in Europe, the Indo-Pacific and other parts of the world, and third, fortify NATO and the Western alliance by strengthening our strength position on the eastern flank and making our allies more resilient against other forms of Russian aggression. We have taken decisive action on all three fronts, and President Biden’s journey will involve further action on each of these three fronts.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Biden outlined the priorities and milestones of his journey.