US President Joe Biden hosts Poland's President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Donald Tusk at the White House Tuesday to try to reassure key NATO ally Warsaw of Washington's support after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Duda urged NATO allies before the visit to up their spending in response to growing fears about Moscow's aggression, and will reportedly ask Biden to send more US troops to the alliance's eastern flank with Russia.

Alarm is growing among US allies as Congress blocks aid for Ukraine, and after Biden's election rival Donald Trump threatened to cut funding for Kyiv if elected while encouraging Russia to invade NATO countries that fail to pay their dues.

Biden's unusual joint meeting with both hard-right Duda and pro-EU Tusk also underscores US concerns that deep-seated tensions between the Polish leaders could harm the Western alliance.

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Biden has made support for Ukraine a key plank of his foreign policy but played down a report that Warsaw would seek an increase in the number of US forces stationed in eastern Europe to guard against Russia.

"There's no need for more troops at the Polish border. But I'm meeting with the Polish leaders tomorrow," Biden told reporters on the eve of the talks.

But the meeting, on the 25th anniversary of the day former Soviet-bloc Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary joined NATO, will inevitably focus on reassuring Poland of US backing.

"The leaders will reaffirm their unwavering support for Ukraine's defense against Russia's brutal war of conquest," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.

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The capture of Chasiv Yar could be both a strategic and symbolic victory for Moscow ahead of the May 9 Victory Day, but Ukraine stands defiant in its defense before Western supplies arrive.

Trump's Republicans have however been holding up a crucial multi-billion-dollar military assistance package for Ukraine, allowing Russia to make a series of recent gains.

A US intelligence assessment published Monday said that the "deadlock plays to Russia's strategic military advantages and is increasingly shifting the momentum in Moscow's favor."

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Meanwhile in Warsaw, prime minister and former EU chief Tusk won elections in October and has since faced near-daily battles with right-wing president Duda, raising concerns of political instability.

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Biden would discuss "democratic values" with the feuding pair, the White House's Jean-Pierre added.

But the two have been relatively unified on Ukraine, which Poland has wholeheartedly supported since Russia's February 2022 invasion, while taking in hundreds of thousands of refugees.

The war has sparked fears in Poland and other eastern European countries that an aggressive Russia could strike a NATO nation next if it is allowed to win in Ukraine.

Biden has also warned that Putin "won't stop" with Ukraine.

Before leaving for Washington, Duda said on Monday that NATO members should increase their defense spending to three percent of GDP in response to Russia's war in Ukraine.

The Western defense alliance currently has a defense spending target of 2 percent of gross domestic product, though Poland already spends around 4 percent and the United States spends 3.5 percent.

Duda said NATO must give a "clear and courageous response to Russian aggression".

"This response will consist of increasing the military capacity of the North Atlantic Alliance," he added.

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Kyiv and many Western allies have also been unnerved by the prospect of a White House comeback by Trump in November's US presidential election.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban -- a Trump ally who is one of the few EU leaders to maintain relations with the Kremlin -- said Trump told him during a meeting at the weekend that he would "not give a penny" to the war in Ukraine.

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GregC
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USA words of support have no meaning without actually delivering support.... sad to see AMerican falling apart as a nation, when trump loses in November, their will be great violence in the streets as Republicans work to take control by force the Office of the President.

Putin is very happy with his investment in the US... it is paying big dividends. One has to wonder if the USA will become a failed state soon?

Makuye
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@GregC, The criminal (insurrectionist, espionage agent - his stolen top secret along with lesser document classifications taken from files , tax fraud, election fraud, sexual assault being only 5 of his violations ) "threatens" and media speak as if he is a credible source.
34,000 recorded proven lies while in office alone, eliminate any vestige of credibility of any utterances he makes.
In 1460 days in office and 34000 known, proven lies mean about 24 per day. Consider that incidence. Hardly time to speak truthfully. Since he was rescued from bankruptcy by russian loans, in the early 1990s, and in the face of assessors in US lending corporations refusing loans, and having to use both other foreign sources as well as obvious moneylaundering activities.

His real estate sold or otherwise supplied obviously massively overpriced properties to Saudi and other entities, including russian oligarchs, indicating that his enterprises were criminal in intent and activity.

Yet, due to the prominent presence of openly and covertly fascistic individuals and organizations in the USA, media and others seeing social or financial profit remained silent concerning his clear criminality AND his overt foreign agency.
This mix of media and political corruption, extending to EVERY SINGLE VOTER WHO VOTED FOR HIM AT ANY POINT, is the sole reason he has a voice emanating from anywhere outside a letter from prison.

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