Poland holds international consultations as Duda, Trump set to meet

Before his Wednesday visit to the White House, Polish President Andrzej Duda conducted talks with Vilnius, while his top aide Krzysztof Szczerski spoke with Kiev and is due to talk with US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, Szczerski told PAP on Tuesday.

According to Szczerski, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda asked Duda to present in Washington the position of both countries regarding regional security. Duda is also to appeal, on behalf of both countries, for bolstering the US military presence in Europe.

Szczerski believes the argument for such strengthening is the firm position of Poland and Lithuania on defence, the responsibility of both countries towards NATO and compliance with the principle of allocating 2 percent of GDP for defence spending.

During Monday's talks, Duda and Nauseda also raised the issue of the Russian policy of historical revisionism, which both presidents assessed in a similar way, Szczerski said.

"They stressed that the processes of falsifying history are not only important for both countries, but also for their allies in the West. During the conversation it was also agreed that energy security is, and will remain, in the mutual interest of both countries," Szczerski reported.

Talks with Kiev are also underway before Duda's US visit, Szczerski said, pointing to his conversation with the Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva.

"Talks with the Ukrainian side are similar to those held with Lithuania. The Ukrainian side has asked to raise the issue of security in Ukraine and the fact that Ukraine wants to develop cooperation with NATO and the US," Szczerski said.

The Polish president's aide is scheduled to talk to O'Brien still on Tuesday, before leaving for Washington.