US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed admiration for Poland’s firmness in the face of Russian aggression against Ukraine, during her meeting with Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau. The officials also discussed Russia’s potential moves in relation to the war in Ukraine.
The Polish FM said that he talked with the US official about Ukraine and the scenarios that will result from this war and thanked the US congress for its continued military support for Poland and Ukraine.
“First of all, I thanked the Speaker for American leadership in the free world, especially now, on such difficult issues, when the security architecture due to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has broken down,” Minister Rau told reporters after the meeting.
On the last day of the visit to Washington, FM @RauZbigniew met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives @SpeakerPelosi.— Ministry of Foreign Affairs 🇵🇱 (@PolandMFA) September 29, 2022
Minister Rau expressed thanks for Congress' support for the expansion of the military presence in Poland and called for continued support for Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/uoGYLKeLxf
The talks also concerned Poland’s energy security as well as the possible energy crisis that Western Europe may face during winter and how this can lead some EU leaders to pressure Ukraine to start negotiations with Russia.
According to the FM, both officials recognised that it was difficult to imagine any Western leader sitting down at such a negotiating table and playing the role of the arbiter. He stressed that there is no doubt that it is up to Ukraine to decide on possible negotiations with Russia.