WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau has criticized President Biden’s decision not to meet with Eastern European leaders on his first trip abroad.
In an interview published on Friday by the Rzeczpospolita newspaper, Rau also regretted that Washington had lifted sanctions against the company behind the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline being built to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany.
Biden’s eight-day trip to Europe includes a Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies summit in England, talks in Brussels with leaders of the European Union and the Treaty Organization’s military alliance. the North Atlantic, and a summit in Geneva with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Unfortunately, the American delegation to Europe, headed by President Joe Biden, is so busy meeting with President Putin that they have not found the time to organize meetings with allies on the Eastern Flank.” , said Rau.
Criticizing Washington for lifting sanctions against Nord Stream 2 AG and its chief executive, he said: “US allies have not found the time to consult with the region of the world most affected by the impact of this decision.”
The pipeline is under construction despite fears that Russia will use it as leverage to weaken EU member states by increasing their dependence on Moscow for gas.
“Who will foot the bill for the German and American mistakes then? No crisis will be solved by not answering the phone,” Rau said.
The Polish nationalist government has placed great importance on its relationship with former President Trump, ensuring a permanent US military deployment in Poland at a time when its handling of democratic values has tested the tolerance of European allies in Warsaw.
During his campaign for the US presidential election last year, Biden accused Trump of supporting authoritarian leaders around the world, including in Poland.