Poland is a strong democracy: US official

"Today Poland is a strong democracy. We are united by values ​​and interests. We work together in many areas: politics, economy, defense, energy," Derek Chollet, adviser to the US Secretary of State, said in an interview with the “Rzeczpospolita” daily.

"A lot has been done for our relationship in the first six months of Biden's administration. I came here to set an agenda for the future for Secretary of State Antony Blinken and President Joe Biden," Mr Chollet pointed out.

During the interview the official was asked whether there would be a personal meeting between the Polish President Andrzej Duda and US President Joe Biden.

"Sure there will be a personal meeting of the two presidents at some point. Unfortunately, due to COVID, we were unable to welcome guests to Washington at all. That is changing now, and hopefully the Delta variant [of COVID-19] will not restrict travel again. Secretary Blinken wants to talk to Minister Rau [Polish Foreign Minister] again soon," he said.

When asked, in the context of the recent agreement between the US and Germany on the continuation of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, whether America would defend Ukraine if Russia attacked again, he replied that he would not comment on the US defense obligations in this way.

"Military cooperation with Ukraine began to develop only seven years ago, after the Russian invasion and the illegal annexation of Crimea. We provided a total of over USD 2 bn (EUR 1.7 bn) of military support. We help in training the Ukrainian army and strengthen its potential. US-Ukrainian relations are also very broad. The Biden administration will continue to develop them. Both presidents will talk about it during Volodymyr Zelensky's visit at the end of August," he declared.