Polish FM cannot imagine Europe's defence without US forces

Zbigniew Rau, the Polish foreign minister. Mateusz Marek/PAP

Zbigniew Rau, the Polish foreign minister, has said he cannot imagine Europe defending itself without the assistance of the United States.

Rau made the statement on Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Washington D.C.

"We have no doubts that the Americans are indispensable for Europe," the Polish minister said. "I can't imagine Europe defending itself on its own, without strong transatlantic cooperation."

According to Rau, European states should follow the example of Poland, which has decided to raise its defence spending to 4.2 percent of GDP next year.

Rau also dismissed claims that the West's unity might be compromised when it comes to Russia's war on Ukraine and said that the media's concerns about the West "being tired of war" are exaggerated as the transatlantic community was showing "exceptional unity." According to him, there is no possibility to return to "business as usual" in contacts with Moscow.

Rau, who came to Washington on Wednesday, is scheduled to meet his US counterpart, Antony Blinken, on Friday.