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Mark Brzezinski, US ambassador to Poland: our defense obligation towards Poland is ironclad

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We are operationally ready every second of every day. Our defense obligation towards Poland is ironclad, said US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski on Monday in Lublin. He confirmed support for Israel in its defense and continued assistance to Ukraine.

– We are operationally ready every second, every day. As US President Joe Biden told Prime Minister Donald Tusk and President Andrzej Duda during their visit to the White House on March 12, our defense commitment to Poland is ironclad, emphasized Ambassador Mark Brzezinski during a Monday briefing at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin.

– Polish-American friendship today has a different dimension, today it has a very large military dimension. There are 10,000 American soldiers on duty in Poland, Brzezinski noted.

Brzezinski: our support for Ukraine will continue

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Answering a media question about the situation in the Middle East, he referred to the words of President Joe Biden. – We will support Israel's defense as we did yesterday. We are very proud of American soldiers serving in the Middle East who went into action yesterday to defend Israel, he noted.

Brzezinski was also asked about American aid to Ukraine. – President Biden presents very clearly what our support for Ukraine looks like. It will continue until the Ukrainians win. I am hopeful that we will have good news from Washington soon, he said.

US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski at the opening of American Corner UMCS in LublinPAP/Wojtek Jargiło

Brzezinski: Poland and America cooperate like never before

Speaking about the energy dimension of Polish-American cooperation, the ambassador recalled that America was building the first nuclear power plant in Poland, which “we need to fuel the dreams and aspirations of the new generation.” – Poland and America are working together to ensure Poland's energy security like never before – said the ambassador, adding that both countries cultivate democratic practices.

US Ambassador to Poland Mark BrzezinskiPAP/Wojtek Jargiło

He also conveyed President Joe Biden's words of thanks to Poles. – Because what you have done is incredibly impressive and now, after October 15, the civic mobilization of Poles, with a record number of young people, a record number of women, people standing in lines until three in the morning, it is absolutely impressive. This is a show of democracy in a country where the fight for democracy is recognized all over the world, said the ambassador, referring to the times of Solidarity.

According to the ambassador, Lublin can play an important role in the process of rebuilding Ukraine and bringing it closer to the West. – These are opportunities that come once in a generation, that will arise in this part of the world, that will benefit your citizens, in this part of Poland. American companies and people from everywhere will also want to participate, he said.

During his visit to UMCS, the ambassador inaugurated the American Corner office, which he called “a small piece of America in Lublin”. – This American corner is the real strength of Polish-American friendship – he said.

American Corners

American Corners are run by the public affairs sections of U.S. embassies and institutions in host countries. They provide information about the USA contained in books, the Internet and databases in eLibrary USA. In cooperation with the embassy, ​​they organize, among others: public talks and lectures, film screenings, workshops, meetings and exhibitions.

American Corner is located in the Academic Center for Culture and Media of UMCS Chatka Żaka. Similar offices operate in Gdańsk, Katowice, Łódź, Radom and Wrocław.

Brzezinski also visited the “Baobab” refugee integration site, where he thanked for the help provided to Ukrainians.

“Baobab” opened in February 2023 at Krakowskie Przedmieście 39B in Lublin. It provides migrants with support in providing basic needs, as well as, among others: psychological and legal assistance. The center is run by the Homo Faber Association with financial support from, among others, UNHCR, foundations, companies and the City of Lublin.

Main photo source: PAP/Wojtek Jargiło

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