US Speaker in Poland for talks on trade, security

AP News
Posted: Jul 01, 2015 10:50 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner is leading a Congressional delegation to Poland, part of a broader U.S. attempt to strengthen economic ties and reassure an ally nervous about Russian aggression in the region.

Boehner met with Poland's president and foreign minister in Warsaw on Wednesday. He briefly told reporters that his visit was focused on security cooperation and strengthening economic ties.

He said, "I think both Polish people and the American people recognize the need to deal with Russian aggression. ... We are here to show our support to the Polish people and to talk about how we can make our relationship even stronger."

Since Russia annexed Crimea, the U.S. has been trying to reassure Poland with high-level visits and increased military exercises.