Trump Promises Poland Its Energy Independence From Russia

Posted July 09, 2017

The first lady said Thursday that guaranteeing the "security" of the American people is the centerpiece of President Donald Trump's administration and that she hoped all around world could share in that safety. The Eastern European nation is a critical US ally and strategically important state in Europe.

After re-affirming his administration's commitment to Article 5, Trump praised Poland's contributions to military defense among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies - a remarks seen as a backhanded swipe at Germany.

Speaking in Warsaw, Poland, the president said "The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive".

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Trump was in Warsaw on Thursday to attend a meeting of the Three Seas Initiative, a project started previous year that aims to strengthen trade, infrastructure, energy and political co-operation among 12 countries bordering the Adriatic, the Baltic and the Black Sea. It brings together 12 countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Balkans, including Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania and Austria.

Mr Trump declined to offer specifics about what a United States response might involve, although he called it a "threat" and said the U.S. would "confront it very strongly". Trump called that part of history as "that's tough", which elicited some mixed reactions. "Europe must demonstrate it believes in the future by investing money to secure that future".

"We urge Russian Federation to cease its destabilising activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran, and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and the defense of civilization itself", Trump said in a speech in Warsaw.

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The purchase deal is still to be signed.

Greenpeace activists illuminated the Palace of Culture and Science with words "No Trump Yes Paris".

The warm in Poland welcome is a boost for Trump ahead of that summit, says Marek Matraszek, Chairman of lobbyist firm CEC Government Relations.

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