The United States has agreed to provide Poland with surface-to-air Patriot missile systems, as the eastern European country hosts US President Donald Trump ahead of a G20 summit of world leaders in Germany.
In what may be the most-watched event of the four-day trip, the president will meet Putin on the sidelines of an global summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany.
In his second trip to Europe as president and shortly before leaving for a potentially fractious G20 meeting in Germany, Trump sought to ease the nerves of US allies after failing in May to endorse the principle of collective defense enshrined in Article Five of the NATO treaty.
President Donald Trump opens his two-nation European visit expecting a warm welcome in Poland before he encounters what could be a frostier reception and thornier issues at an worldwide summit in Germany. They reportedly paid to have people transported into Krasinski Square to hear Donald Trump speak, and they were very supportive of the US President.
With Trump's sights already set on getting re-elected in 2020, the visit to Poland could also be seen as a power play for battleground states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, home to hundreds of thousands of Polish-American voters.
FILE - In this June 27, 2017, photo, Ivanka Trump applauds during the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report release at the State Department in Washington.
President Trump speaks at the Three Seas conference in Warsaw Thursday AP IMAGES
In a news conference given hours before the speech, Mr Trump said there would be consequences for North Korea's "very bad behaviour" and "something will have to be done". "Does the president speak for the USA or does the defense secretary?" "It's a controversial visit", said Małgorzata Bonikowska of the Warsaw-based think tank Center for International Relations (CIR).
"We must work together to counter forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the south or the east, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are", the president said.
According to US officials, the warning comes amid increasing tensions over North Korea and the Qatar crisis between Gulf states.
President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One with first lady Melania Trump for a trip to Poland and Germany, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump prompted skepticism and concern from allies when he declined to directly affirm Article 5, which assures mutual defense of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, at NATO's Brussels headquarters last month.
The test of an ICBM marked a major technological advancement for North Korea that US officials have described as intensifying the threat against the U.S.by bringing the North closer to being able to mount a nuclear warhead atop a missile that could hit American soil. Some wore t-shirts with American flag colors and many chanted the president's name.
Both Trump and Poland's ruling party, Law and Justice, share similar views on immigration.
Trump "sees potential benefits for the U.S.in this meeting", Duda said. "There is no other leader who would evoke God in his speeches so frequently", said Lukasz, a 30-year-old teacher from the seaside city of Szczecin, who travelled to Warsaw with 40 others.More news: GST effect: Sell goods at revised MRP, says Govt to manufacturers
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