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Awkward VP Harris Is In Poland Trying To Smooth Over The MiG Jets For Ukraine Mess

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"I want to be very clear. The United States and Poland are united in what we have done and are prepared to help Ukraine and the people of Ukraine, full stop," Harris said at a press conference alongside Polish President Andrzej Duda. Many reports have underscored that the whole MiGs for Ukraine affair had greatly "complicated" Harris' visit, which was for the purpose of acting as an emissary to NATO's 'eastern flank' – though we highly doubt the spectacle of her addressing the embarrassing inter-NATO confusion is striking fear into Putin.

CNN described of the Pentagon's flat-out rejection of the Polish offer as follows: "But that was only after the awkward episode of Poland's offer to deliver the jets to the US – who could then provide them to Ukraine – left White House officials surprised and, to some extend, annoyed."

The commentary continued:

Harris was tasked with smoothing over the matter. Poland's offer was designed to avoid the appearance of Poland directly arming Ukraine, and Duda said alongside Harris he wanted buy-in from other NATO members before taking the step.

However, the proposal created a conundrum for the US, which is also intent on avoiding direct conflict with Russia. 

Harris said further in Warsaw: "I am here in Poland as an expression of the enduring and important relationship, that, again, has been longstanding, but in particular on the issue of Ukraine is unified and is 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."

She announced in the Thursday press event the delivery of two Patriot missile systems to Poland, after earlier in the week fears were raised of the potential for "stray" Russian missiles to enter Polish or NATO territory. 

"We are pleased to have announced this week that we have directed two Patriot missile defense systems to Poland and today I can announce that we have delivered those Patriot missiles systems to Poland," Harris said

She also said the US is joining efforts at probing alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine…

"We're making deliveries every day in terms of what we can do," Harris said. She also announced $53 million in new assistance to the Ukraine crisis, which will come in the form of humanitarian aid for those countries receiving large refugee flows from the conflict," she added.

On the question of military assistance, she didn't commit to anything further beyond what the US is already providing to Kiev: Javelin anti-tank and Stinger missiles. "We're making deliveries every day in terms of what we can do," Harris said. On the question of whether there will be more, she said: "That is an ongoing process and that is not going to stop to the extent there is a need."


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