Nauseda welcomes Polish leader's contribution to Trump's change of heart on Ukraine

  • 2024-04-19
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda believes that Polish President Andrzej Duda’s meeting with Donald Trump, who is seeking re-election as president of the United States, has helped to change the latter's attitude towards Ukraine as the embattled country hopes for new US support.

“What I have been hearing lately about Trump's own different rhetoric and the willingness of the US authorities to take the necessary and long-awaited decisions, I think that this visit and the talks with Trump were positive, they have had a positive result and I am very happy about Mr. Duda's achievement," Nauseda told reporters in Vilnius on Friday.

The US House of Representatives is set to vote Saturday on a massive new military aid including some 61 billion US dollars 57.3 billion euros) in long-delayed support for Ukraine, as well as billions for Israel and Taiwan.

The vote could finally get much-needed help to outgunned Ukrainian forces as they battle Russian invaders.

But the vote also sets up a showdown with House Speaker Mike Johnson's own far-right wing, which for months has been steered by Donald Trump into blocking aid to Kyiv.

Polls show that Joe Biden, the current leader of the United States, runs behind Trump in popularity.

Nauseda also said that he and the Polish president had discussed his forthcoming visit to New York and his meeting with Trump at the Three Seas Initiative conference.

The Lithuanian leader added that Duda would visit Lithuania again at the end of next week, when both presidents would observe the Suwalki Corridor exercises, then meet young people in Kaunas and discuss the future of Europe on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Lithuania's membership of the European Union.