Poland has expressed disappointment with U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision not to meet eastern European leaders on his first trip across the continent.
“Unfortunately, the American delegation coming to Europe, headed by President Joe Biden, is so busy with his meeting with President Putin that it has not found time to organise meetings with allies on the eastern flank,” Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau was quoted saying in an interview published by Rzeczpospolita newspaper on Friday.
Biden on Wednesday embarked on an eight-day trip to Europe over a variety of meetings including a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies in England, talks in Brussels with leaders of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, and a summit in Geneva with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The foreign minister also criticized Washington for waiving sanctions on the company behind the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that is being built to carry natural gas from Russia to Germany.
He said: “The American allies did not find time for consulting with the region of the world that is most affected by the impact of this decision.”
“Who will then pay the bill for German and American mistakes? No crisis will be solved by not answering the phone,” Rau added.
Poland’s nationalist government has had a good relationship with the US during the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump, securing a pledge of a permanent U.S. military deployment in Poland at a time when its handling of democratic values has tested the tolerance of Warsaw’s EU allies.
During his campaign for last year’s U.S. presidential election, Biden accused Trump of backing authoritarian leaders around the world including those in Poland.