It was in the courtyard of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, in front of several hundred guests, that Joe Biden was applauded on Saturday, March 26, on several occasions, evoking mythical characters from Poland’s struggle for democracy, such as John Paul II and Lech Walesa. On a screen mounted outside, a compact crowd could follow live the statements of the American president on the war in Ukraine.
” Do not be afraid “ : this is how Joe Biden began his speech of almost thirty minutes, recalling the words of Pope John Paul II in 1979, during his first trip to Poland. “Words that changed the world”the White House host insisted. “A year later, the Solidarity movement took root. This battle for freedom was not easy, it was long. » Joe Biden also spoke of the symbolism of Warsaw, a city “where freedom prevailed”. This earned the left bank of the Polish capital its destruction by 85% during the Second World War. The royal castle, which had not escaped Nazi bombing, was rebuilt by the communist power, as was the old town.
“Rule of law, free and fair elections (…) freedom of the press. These are essential principles in a free society. But they were always besieged. (…) The fighting in Kyiv, Melitopol and Kharkiv are the last battles in a long struggle.”, the 79-year-old Democratic president continued, listing the raids by Soviet Warsaw Pact tanks: in Hungary and Poland, in 1956; in Czechoslovakia, in 1968; or even the martial law of 1981 in Poland.
Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power”
Back to the XXIme century, Joe Biden insisted on dismantling the current rantings of the Kremlin: the “denazification” of Ukraine and the forthcoming expansion of NATO, described by Vladimir Putin as a threat to Russia, and reaffirmed his support for kyiv, a victim “of brute force and misinformation to quench a thirst for absolute power”. The US president recalled the efforts of the West to counter Russian aggression: the imposition of economic sanctions, on the one hand, and the military, economic and humanitarian assistance provided to the Ukrainians, on the other. The US president also resumed commitments made earlier in the day, during his meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda on the Russia address: “Don’t think for a second of moving an inch on NATO territory. We have a sacred obligation under article 5 (…) of NATO”.
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