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Blinken arrives in Poland for talks near Ukraine border

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves as he boards a military aircraft in Brussels, March 5, 2022 (Olivier Douliery, Pool Photo via AP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves as he boards a military aircraft in Brussels, March 5, 2022 (Olivier Douliery, Pool Photo via AP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in Poland for talks with officials as hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees pour into the country to escape the conflict.

The most senior US official to visit Poland since the war began, Blinken will hold talks with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau in Rzeszow, near the border with Ukraine.

More than 780,000 people have fled Ukraine into Poland since the invasion began on February 24.

Blinken is visiting key allies in Europe that are feeling the pressure from the war, to demonstrate Washington’s support for their security and shore up Western unity against Moscow.

Following his stop in Poland he will travel to Moldova, which has also experienced an inflow of Ukrainians, and the three Baltic states which are particularly concerned by Russian actions.

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