With an exodus of Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Poland, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in the Polish city of Rzeszow on Saturday to meet with Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and other Polish leaders.
The meeting aims to “discuss further security assistance in the face of Russia’s continued aggression,” according to a press release by State Department spokesman Ned Price earlier this week.
Just a day after meeting NATO’s foreign ministers in Brussels on Friday, Blinken visited Poland to hold meetings with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau in Rzeszow.
Over 780,000 Ukrainians have fled to Poland since the invasion.
Following the meeting with Polish leaders, Blinken will travel to Moldova, another country that has served as a safe haven for refugees from Ukraine.
In a meeting in Brussels with NATO allies and foreign ministers on Friday, Blinken reprimanded Russia’s attacks and stated, “Ours is a defensive alliance. We seek no conflict. But if conflict comes to us we are ready for it and we will defend every inch of NATO territory.”
“And overnight, we’ve also seen reports about the attack against a nuclear power plant. This just demonstrates the recklessness of this war and the importance of ending it and the importance of Russia withdrawing all its troops and engaging in good faith in diplomatic efforts,” he added.
Earlier this week, the Secretary of State expressed Washington’s will to offer support by taking diplomatic steps. “If there are diplomatic steps that we can take that the Ukrainian government believes would be helpful, we’re prepared to take them, even as we continue to support Ukraine’s ability to defend itself,” Blinken said.