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Russia's former President has issued a warning to Poland just days ahead of Joe Biden's visit to the European country.
Not only did Dimitry Medvedev, who is now deputy chairman of the Russian security council, threaten Poland, but he also levelled a brutal swipe at the US leader.
He claimed Biden is showing ‘clear signs of senile insanity’.
In a lengthy letter send to Poland, Medvedev said: "The interests of the citizens of Poland have been sacrificed due to Russophobia of 'mediocre politicians' and their 'puppeteers from across the ocean' with clear signs of senile insanity."
In this memo, Medvedev was alluding to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's decision to enforce stricter sanctions on Russia as their invasion intensifies.
The PM also urged the European Union to impose a ban on Russia and stop all trade with them.
Morawiecki said in a press conference during his visit to a Polish ammunition and rockets research and development centre: "Poland is proposing to add a trade blockade to this package of sanctions as soon as possible, both for seaports - a ban on entering Russian-flagged ships with Russian goods - but also a ban on land trade.”
Morawiecki also added that the matter impacts ‘a sovereign country’ and ‘NATO security’.
Medvedev’s letter comes as Biden prepares for his trip to Poland later this week to discuss the international response to the Russian invasion.
According to White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, the war sparked a ‘humanitarian and human rights crisis’, which has prompted Biden to schedule a face-to-face meeting with President Andrzej Duda.
His trip to Europe will also include a NATO summit in Brussels, where he’ll meet with other world leaders to discuss international efforts to support Ukraine amid the invasion.
"President Biden will also join a scheduled European Council summit to discuss our shared concerns about Ukraine, including trans-Atlantic efforts to impose economic costs on Russia, provide humanitarian support to those affected by the violence and address other challenges related to the conflict," she said.
Psaki also described Poland as ‘an important partner as we work to remain unified in the weeks and months ahead'.
Biden kicked off his week by meeting with European allies, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The call between world leaders was to strategise support for Ukraine during the brutal attacks coordinated by Russian troops as the war enters its second month.
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