Secretary Blinken’s trip to Belgium, Poland, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Belgium, Poland, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia March 3-8, 2022. The trip continues extensive consultation and coordination with our allies in the NATO and our European partners about the Russian Federation’s premeditated pursuit of an unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine.

Secretary Blinken will begin his trip in Brussels, Belgium, where he will participate in a NATO foreign affairs ministerial meeting, meet with his EU counterparts, participate in a G7 ministerial meeting and hold other meetings with partners to discuss the global response to Russia’s invasion, including the Allies. and the continued coordination of partners to impose massive consequences and significant economic costs on Russia.

The Secretary will then travel to Poland on March 5, where he will meet with Polish leaders, including Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, to discuss additional security assistance in the face of continued Russian aggression and the unprovoked attack on Ukraine. He will also thank Poland for generously hosting hundreds of thousands of displaced people from Ukraine and discuss how the United States can increase humanitarian assistance efforts for those fleeing Putin’s war.

The Secretary will then travel to Chisinau, Moldova, to meet with President Maia Sandu, Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita and Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu. During his stop, the Secretary will discuss support for Moldova’s efforts to welcome and assist refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as US support for democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova.

The secretary will then travel to Vilnius, Lithuania, on March 6 to meet with President Gitanas Nauseda, Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte and Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis. On March 7, the Secretary will travel to Riga, Latvia to meet with President Egils Levits, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics. He will travel to Tallinn, Estonia, on March 8 to meet President Alar Karis, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets. During the three stops, he will discuss joint efforts to support Ukraine, strengthen NATO deterrence and defence, promote democracy and human rights, and pursue deeper economic and energy cooperation with our Baltic allies.

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