Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Law criticized the decision of US President Joe Biden not to meet with Eastern European leaders during his first European trip.
In an interview published by the Rzeczpospolita newspaper on Friday, Rau also complained that Washington has lifted sanctions on the companies behind the North Stream 2 pipeline, which is being completed to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany.
“Biden equates the whole of Europe with Germany,” Law said in an interview, while the G7 summit is being held in the UK and Biden also participated.
“The problem is that Germany is cooperating with Russia through the disputed Beixi 2 natural gas pipeline, sacrificing the values and security interests of the free world,” Law said.
This multi-billion-dollar project is likely to be the subject of a meeting between US President Biden and German Chancellor Merkel on the sidelines of the G7 summit. This will be their first on-site meeting. On Friday, Merkel announced that she would go to the White House on July 15.
In May of this year, the United States partially abandoned its long-standing opposition to the pipeline and lifted sanctions on the company that built the Beixi No. 2 pipeline to avoid damaging relations with Germany.
Biden’s eight-day trip to Europe includes the G-7 summit in the UK, talks with European and NATO leaders in Brussels, and a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
“Unfortunately, the US delegation led by President Joe Biden is so busy meeting President Putin that there is no time to organize meetings with East Wing allies,” Law said.
Rau criticized Washington for not imposing sanctions on North Stream 2 and its CEO, adding: “The US allies have not found time to consult with the regions of the world that are actually most affected by these sanctions.”
“Then who will pay for the mistakes made by Germany and the United States? If one party does not answer the phone or communicates poorly, the crisis will not be resolved,” Law said.
The Polish government has reached an agreement with former US President Donald Trump to increase the deployment of US troops in Poland.
At the same time, Biden accused Trump of supporting authoritarian leaders around the world, including Poland, during the US presidential election last year.