tv Vice Pres. Harris Polish President Hold News Conference in Poland CSPAN March 10, 2022 1:43pm-2:34pm EST
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>> welcome to this opportunity. i would like to give the floor to the president of poland. >> distinguished vice president of united states of america. distinguished ladies and gentlemen. this is a very important moment. in our relations and under these circumstances we are facing right now in europe. behind our eastern border. in ukraine, the russian troops are murdering innocent people,
murdering civilians, bombing maternity hospitals. wounded women right before labor are being carried out. none of us ever expected we would be able to see such things in the 21st century. it is a great satisfaction to all of us in poland that madam vice president of united states of america, mrs. kamala harris is with us in warsaw, in our country. she is demonstrating that strength and depth of the transatlantic bond, demonstrating engagement and commitment of the united states to the security of nato's eastern flank and europe as a whole. let me stress there is no doubt whatsoever that together with
the united states and our other allies, within the framework of the north atlantic alliance and along with the entire free and honest world, we stand with ukraine. we will do our best to make sure ukraine can be defended. thank you very much, madam vice president, for coming. thank you for the meetings and the conversations we have had. we had a meeting just a couple minutes ago. we had a private meeting. we discussed important topics and i highlighted very forcefully how important it is. i thanked for the president of the united states, mr. joe biden, and for the position of
the vice president and the u.s. congress. i thanked for the necessity and imposition of affective sanctions on the russian federation. the sanctions are working. above all, thank you for the support that is being provided to the fight in ukraine. thank you for the humanitarian assistance, and to you, madam vice president, i would like to thank you for the ngo's that are involved in providing assistance , military assistance. and providing medical aid, equipment for children, for the wounded. my wife is involved in this, as well. she is in cooperation with the
united states. she is in contact with the first lady of the united states. jill biden. i am happy this coalition is developing. it serves to provide comminuted to the fight in ukraine and comment it to although suffering, all those who need assistance from us. madam vice president, i described the situation we are facing, i said that today for a number of days, we have been receiving refugees from ukraine in poland. this number is close to 1.5 million persons who have come to us. addressing my compatriots, i was proud to tell madame vice president that those people have not been sent to camps. they have been accepted and received by polish families in polish homes. they were accommodated in polish hotels.
often they are accommodated with private people. they have been received by ordinary polish people that seal deep in their hearts they should extend a helping hand to people in need. i thank you so much to my fellow polish people. this is a reason to be proud for us. at the same time, i asked madame vice president for support. it is obvious that such a huge refugee crisis is a surprise for poland and a complicated situation for poland, for the polish authorities. prices are growing, fuel prices are growing. that is why we need the support and will be grateful for any form of support because we have to survive this difficult time and we have to do that by helping our neighbors because that is extremely important right now.
the presence of madame vice president here in poland is another demonstration of u.s. presence in poland. next to u.s. defense systems that are protecting our skies and our land, we also have with us here today the political representation, the top level political representation of the united states, led by madame vice president. the most important things are happening today on a global stage in europe. we have to rescue ukraine. we are extremely aware of that. ukraine needs to be helped and we have to stay knighted in the respect. we need to stand together in this respect with the alliance. just as we have to stand
together in the european union and all the other international communities. we have to impose more sanctions on russia. we cannot accept such military activities, i do not think anyone is in doubt if hospitals are bombed, if hospitals are bombed where pregnant women are staying, children are staying, ordinary people are killed, missiles are launched into residential houses, this is an act of barbarity. it is genocide. it aims at eliminating a nation. we have to present of representatives of the free world. i have no doubt that our allies stand with ukraine. all of the honest authorities and states, especially democratic states.
at the end of our conversation, i mentioned the fact that we wanted to boost our security in poland. thanks to the purchase of american equipment for our armed forces, there are ongoing programs. the program of the bridges of f-35, the purchase of tanks. the programs should be accelerated because you want to provide state-of-the-art equipment to our armed forces as soon as possible. there is a need and i think everyone can see that. able to witness dramatic scenes unfolding in ukraine. every day in the media, you can see the horrifying scenes. we are able to witness the determination of the ukrainian people.
we are going to support them with all our strength. at the same time, providing security of our country. once again, thank you very much, madame vice president, for coming to warsaw. thank you for this demonstration that we stand together and we are a community of freedom and security. >> i would like to give the floor to the madame vice president of the united states, kamala harris. v.p. harris: thank you for the warm welcome. i thank you for the warm welcome and the very constructive and productive conversations we had today as part of our ongoing dialogue and friendship that spans generations. i would like to speak directly to the polish people. i have shared with your president but under his
leadership and your leadership, it has been extraordinary. the world has been watching poland, mr. president, your leadership and the leadership of the people of your country. we have witnessed extraordinary acts of generosity and kindness. we have seen through images on the television, looking at images of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. inupport of the dignity and the well-being of perfect strangers. i first and foremost want to express the thanks from the people of the united states to you, vista president, on behalf of our president, joe biden, and the people of poland. it represents who we are. i am here in poland today as part of an enduring, long-standing friendship and
commitment between the united states and poland based on shared values and priorities. i am standing here on the northern flank -- on the eastern flank -- talking about what we have in terms of the eastern flank and our nato allies and what is at stake at this very moment. what is at stake this very moment, some of the guiding principles around the nato alliance and in particular, the issue and importance of defending sovereignty and territorial integrity, in this case of ukraine. we have been witnessing for weeks, and certainly in the last 24 hours, atrocities of unimaginable proportion. a maternity hospital, a children's hospital, where we have witnessed pregnant women,
who were therefore care -- who were there for care, being taken out because the required care because of an act of violence, unprovoked, unjustified. i am here in poland as an expression of the enduring and important relationship between the united states and poland that again has been long-standing, but in particular on the issue of ukraine, is unified and clear. we will do everything together, in partnership, in solidarity to support what is necessary at this very moment in terms of the humanitarian and security needs of ukraine and the ukrainian people. today, we discussed many issues that relate to our special bond because i will say the personal privilege, we have a substantial
polish american community. in my hometown of los angeles, understanding the relationship we have on many levels, including the diplomatic, but also cultural relationships that span generations. through all of that and the spirit of the relationships and our shared commitment to the importance of international norms and rules, you and i discussed today many important topics, in particular as it relates to the eastern flank. we spoke specifically about what we care deeply about the united states commitment to article 5. i have said it many times and i will say it again, the united states' commitment to article 5 is ironclad. the united states is prepared to defend every inch of nato territory.
the united states takes seriously that an attack against one is an attack against all. we are here today to restate that commitment, but also to do what we must do to reinforce our support of poland, and our allies, through thee.u. and nato alliance appeared we have recently deployed an additional 4700 american troops to poland on top of the years of rotation of about 5000 american troops in poland. we are pleased to have announced this week that we have directed two patriot missile defense systems to poland and today i can announce we have delivered those patriot systems
and a demonstration of our commitment to the security of our allies and our commitment to poland at this moment in time. as it relates to the people of ukraine, they have suffered immensely. when we talk about humanitarian aid, it isn't because yes the assistance is a necessary, but what compels us is the moral outrage, that all civilized nations afield when we look at what is happening to innocent men, women, children, grandmothers, grandfathers, who are fleeing everything that they know. our outrage with not only our security assistance but our humanitarian commitment is rooted in the fact that also we
support the people of ukraine who have shown extraordinary courage and skill, and their willingness and ability to fight against putin's a war -- war and russia's aggression. so today we are announcing in pursuit of must happening -- must happen which is provide humanitarian assistance, that we will give another $50 million, the united states will through the u.n. program to assist with humanitarian aid. the president and i talked about the fact that as he mentioned, poland has taken in just a very short time a excess of one and a half million refugees from ukraine. that has put an extraordinary burden on a poland and the people of the poland. we will continue with the
support that we can give you mr. president, in terms of the word that he and the people of a poland have been doing to bear this burden in a way that has been with such grace and such generosity. we also are pleased to have shared with the president what our united states congress have done, which a commitment of $13.6 billion in humanitarian and security assistance that will be then distributed and shared with ukraine and the people of this region and europe. i'll again, understanding that this moment in time requires about eight humanitarian response as well as security assistance. today, i am pleased to say that we are in ongoing discussion with poland and our allies about the effectiveness of sanctions
thus far in going forward. as we have announced in the united states, we have to be united states department of justice, started a task force to do what is required and necessary, appropriate in terms of investigation as it relates to any criminal activities and behaviors on behalf of institutions and individuals. we talk, the president and i about the effectiveness of the sanctions we have seen in terms of the courage and bold action that has been taken through the nato alliance to do what is necessary, to send a clear signal that there will be as we promised severe cost and consequence for russia's aggression. to the point that we have now seen a freefall of the rubble, to the point that we have now
seen that russia -- russia's credit rating has been rated as a junk, and what we know to be real economic consequences to russia because of putin's war. as you know, the president of the united states also made the decision to do what was necessary in terms of the purchase of a oil in the united states. again, we will continue to focus on this issue, keeping in mind that this is at the moment that requires severe and excellent consequence for russia's aggression against ukraine. i will close by saying what we say everyday these last few weeks, which as we stand with the people of ukraine. that we admire their courage, and that we are aligned in our support of their sovereignty and
territorial integrity. thank you, mr. president. >> i represent polish television. my question to both. in what way has this attack on russia against ukraine impacted polish american relations? antony blinken was saying the polish american friendship has never been so strong in history as it is now. thank you very much. vice pres. harris: it cannot be said to frequently the
relationship between united states and poland. it has become even stronger. when we have been faced as a world with such adversity, i think we all know even in our personal lives, adversity really can present the real measure of an individual or a relationship. and what we have seen without any doubt, is that this friendship and relationship between united states and poland is a strong one. >> gentlemen? >> i wanted to go back into history. when i started my service, as of the president of the republic of poland in 2015, i was
perfectly aware of the fact that it would not stop. i knew that this imperial will grow and give the world. if the world does not react. if the alliance did not stand down and represent then we will see more attacks from russia. perhaps, poland will fall victim . i knew that i had to do everything to protect poland from such a scenario. i will use very clear and strong
words here in the president of a madam of the united states. and the president himself, the general as well, and thanks to their support we were able to obtain the alliance on the eastern flank, we were able to execute the strengthening serves at we joined a in 1999. first and foremost, the decisions of the u.s. president and his team but also the division of other allies who were able to convene have led to putting the presence of the eastern flank of alliance. in some violently in -- symbolically, the united states
is the sanction. it is persistent, it is back-to-back that the u.s. armed forces are on foreign soil at the time. that was a breakthrough. he said those words to me many times. went u.s. soldiers are on our -- our soil, when u.s. military equipment as on our soil, then the whole world will be able to see that we are no longer --. this is a free trip -- this is a true friendship. as a madam vice president remarks today, a friend indeed. that is why i am happy that
today when we are in need, and when the nato eastern flank is in need, the united states, president joe biden help to employ -- deploy additional troops. and in u.s. is announcing --. this is precisely the geopolitics that have to be achieved. if we look at the last couple of years, polish americans friendship for sure over the last seven years of my presidency.
also, this is evidenced by the frequency of contact that we had talks in security in relation. whenever we think about friendship, this is the great friendship in politics. for sure, this is the friendship between poland and the united states. the strongest throughout history. >>hi. thank you for taking my questions. president zelensky had strongly asked for a better airpower in recent days. my question is, what kind of alternative plan does the united states have two get materials to
help ukraine defend itself? especially now that you have declined poland's offer on a jet . could you give us specifics on what he discussed with the polish leaders on this issue. and one for the president of a poland. the united states -- before you made the offer to make your jets available to united states. is that accurate? why, especially if you have spoken about the strong relationship that the u.s. and poland has shared over the last few years. thank you. >> i want to be very clear. the united states and poland are united in what we have done and
are prepared to do to help ukraine and the people of ukraine. in terms of the work that the united states has done thus far, we have, as you know given military, humanitarian and security assistance and that is a ongoing process. as i mentioned earlier, congress has now made a decision for 13 plus billion dollars of the united states up u.s. money to go to ukraine and our european allies to assist in terms of security and humanitarian needs. we have also just this past week given to $40 million to security assistance delivered to ukraine, that is on top of the $1 billion over the past year that we have sent to ukraine.
i can tell you that the issue facing the ukrainian people, and our allies needs the flank. it is something that occupies one of our highest priorities in terms of paying attention to and understanding it is a dynamic situation and requiring us the nimble and to be swept. i mentioned being sort of bill or terms of accountability and consequences, -- of an terms of consequence. we will continue to do that. >> the issue with poland. madam. harris: we are making deliveries everyday in terms of
what we can do in terms of assistance. when you look at what we have been doing, as it relates to antitank and the systems, that is an ongoing process and it is not going to stop. thank you. >> madam, that situation is extremely because we are all saying that there is a fight going on for sovereignty, freedom and for survival and support with all of the friends we have appeared it is not only the military, all of the people of ukraine have taken to defend their homeland, it is not just men, it is women who fight on the front line. to defend their country.
we have no doubt whatsoever that they need help and assistance. we accept that they have the right to demand this assistance from the international community, they can't demand the support. we can give the assistance of the best we can. we have to look at these, not only through our lens, we also have to adopt. we have to be a full member of the alliance appeared that is .
that is why there were requests addressed to us. those were addressed by the ukrainians and also the medium. we behave in such a way as a member of nato should behave. to end a difficult situation. on the other hand, we as members of nato also wanted to look for ways of support for the fight in ukraine. they have talked about the military entering ukraine. it simply, we have decided to put those jets at the disposal
of nato, not acting in return because we stressed very clearly that for the donated equipment we were able to buy what was needed. we ourselves, weren't ready to provide our equipment free of charge. we wanted nato as a whole to make a decision so that poland remains a credible not a country who decides on his own on important issues, which impacts nato as a whole, which will impact all members of nato. our neighbors. >> thank you. >> another question. each day we can see that unmentionable suffering going
into the ukraine people caused by this, made by vladimir putin. my question is, international investigation into work crimes committed by russia in ukraine, and can you see any political future from putin? this is also the question to the polish president. madam. harris: i will go. oh, not at all. we are very clear, the nato alliance is stronger and russia is weaker. because of what putin has done. it is very clear to us. when it comes to crimes and
violations of international norms, we are also clear that any intentional attack on innocent civilians is a violation. the u.n. has set up a process by which there will be a review and investigation, then we will participate as appropriate and necessary. we all watched. the television coverage just on yesterday. because we seen it or not does not mean it does not happen. but it is limited to what we have seen. pregnant women going for health care, being injured by a muscle, a bomb in it unprovoked,
unjustified order? where a powerful country is trying to take over another country? violate its integrity by nothing that is justified or proposed? absolutely, there should be an investigation. we should all be watching. i have no question the eyes were the world is on, this war. and what russia has done in terms of this aggression and the atrocity. i have no doubt. andrzej duda: russians are committing more crimes. i hope that it will be obvious
for investigating those issues, whose responsibility is that. lee's remember, that the refugees of ukraine are -- please remember the refugees of ukraine are coming to us right now. right now as we speak. there are people who witness their houses destroyed, their neighbors been killed, hospitals being bombed, civilians being shot at, children being shot at. these are proof. these are witnesses. they also have those proof on their smartphones. if you look at the footages, sad scenes are happening today and that have been happening over the invasion of ukraine. their perpetrators are russians. a group of prosecutors have come to us at donated by the court to look at the facts of this case.
they are collecting evidence. we ask poland try as much as we can to get the best possible condition to work and to fulfill their difficult time. but if you remember, the witnesses are here. there is evidence that i mentioned, we have those proof, the evidence via collective, the work is ongoing. i do believe that it is going to resolve in a very serious indictment act. i do believe that they were crime criminals will be sentenced, those who are responsible to the war that is happening in ukraine right now and the result of this. >> the final question. >> thank you. thank you madam vice president. i wanted to ask you about some reporting that my colleagues noticed. he recently spoke to the mayor of the largest border town who
told them that the refugee system is essentially not set up for a incident. it will collapse. they have a system like a word for two weeks but not indefinitely. i wonder what the united states is going to do to set up a permanent infrastructure, and relatedly, is there -- is the united states willing to make a specific allocation for ukrainian refugees? president, i wanted to know if you think or if you ask the united states to set up for refugees? madam. harris: ok. a friend in me is a friend in me. >> the situation is very complex.
today we are seeing crisis and it is unfolding because poland is still able to receive, able to find the accommodations of those people who are coming up all the time. we have a thousand people who have come to us over the last couple of days. it has been 10 days, we have received more than one million people within 10 days. never before have i witnessed such situation. this is something new to us. we are with a new challenge. in fact, we are aware that the problem is growing. we have to somehow handle it. therefore, yesterday i had a
long conversation with secretary-general of the united nation organization. and i pointed out that problem to him. i guess to him the situation, how it looks. direction of the polish society, polish authorities how we have been handling. i told him that i might receive international assistance given this will end up in a refugee disaster. i asked for help. the material assistance and national assistance, so we are able to do it i also asked for expertise. i'm sure a method on how to handle it. i am sure they know how to solve the problem.
i said that the unit -- assistance of the united states is invaluable to us and will be very much appreciated if we could use the assistance. the refugees from ukraine have got refugees and families in the united states. especially in the time where they were still raging, they would like to visit their families in the united states and wait until the war is over. i asked to do that and simplify the procedures of some people, complicated procedures to be simplified for the people who would like to leave to the united states, to give the opportunity for these people to see their families. to reunite with their
families. the vast majority of ukrainian refugees are coming to our country. first of all, we are a big country. also, the materials is for sure much better than the material in conditions of --. although we are not among those wealthy countries. i believe that it is also clear the way that the things are in the armed forces. a country where it can safely wait out this difficult situation. madam. harris: as of the president that, i started
thinking president, and poland, the people of a pole and for what they have done. i will -- people of poland and for what they have done. i will state out what i said earlier. they, there have been some here who have relatives who have arrived from ukraine. i think there are more who are , with barely a lot to give by giving a lot nonetheless. we recognize that. we recognized the burden that it places on the government of poland, the president and the infrastructure of this country. when you look at as a president said, over one and a half million people coming within two weeks virtually. unprecedented, if you track and look at refugee flows over the history of time from reasons of conflict.
the united states is absolutely prepared to do what we can and what we must to support poland in terms of the burden that they have taken on. i think all of us who understands the moral obligation we should fail to help people who are displaying harm and seeking the burden that we are all prepared to take on for the people who are leaving their home. we can look at those ukrainians who want to come to the united states, what we are seeing this far is a large population fleeing ukraine who desire to stay in europe. you probably know that we have made a decision that is related to tps, suffer ukrainians of are in the united states through
visa may expire or may expire, if they were late united states before, i believe it is in march, i do not have the exact date. they will be able to stay. they will not be required to leave, although their visa has expired come off course we will not send them back to a war zone. the bottom line, i have stated the position to the president this afternoon, as we have said many times as through our work in the u.n. and nato, we will support poland in our responsibility to make sure the safety of the refugees. >> this concludes our press conference. thank you for your participation ladies and gentlemen. >> thank you.
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