“Don’t be afraid” – U.S. President Joe Biden in Warsaw, summary of the two days

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With tensions reaching a climax in Ukraine following Putin’s outbreak of hostilities and attacks close to the Polish border, at the invitation of Polish President Andrzej Duda, U.S. President Joe Biden will fly to Warsaw on March 25th. This first Presidential visit to Poland is scheduled for 2 days, first in Rzeszów (South Poland) where the military and humanitarian supplies are sent to Ukraine.

Joe Biden arrived in Warsaw Chopin Airport this Friday just before 19h and left the airport with the ‘Beast’ (the famous US President armored car) to the Marriott Hotel in the City Center. This Saturday, this noon Joe Biden met the Polish President Andrzej Duda and visited the National Stadium with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the President of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski where thousands of Ukrainians are queuing every day in order to receive a PESEL. He met several refugees and qualified Putin of “Butcher”, before making an announcement around 18h20 in the court of the Royal Castle of Warsaw.

During his speech, he announced the admission of 100,000 Ukrainian refugees to the U.S. He stated that already 200,000 Russian left Russia following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. He qualified Putin as dictator in connection with this sentence: ‘’Russians live under a dictator and go to prison for protesting.’’ At the beginning and the end of the speech, he repeated the famous John Paul II sentence ‘’Don’t be afraid’’ addressed to the Ukrainians, European, and Russian citizens. He concluded his intervention with strong words: “for the sake of God, this man cannot remain in power”. 

25.03.22 – 18h40 – Air Force One landing

25.03.22 – 19h20 – U.S. President and delegation arrived at the Marriott Hotel

26.03.22 – 12h05 – Arrival at the Polish Presidential Palace

Joe Biden started his speech with those words:

“25 years ago I gave a lecture here in Warsaw at the University of Warsaw and I used the phrase “for our freedom and yours”. I said it then, and I say the same now”

26.03.22 – 14h35 – Arrival at the National Stadium with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the President of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski.

26.03.22 – 18h15 – Speech on the court of the Royal Castle of Warsaw

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