VP Harris heads to Romania as Ukraine refugee disaster grows

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WARSAW, Poland — Vice President Kamala Harris and Romania’s president will meet Friday to debate rising issues in regards to the inflow of displaced individuals fleeing Ukraine for Romania and elsewhere in Japanese Europe as a consequence of Russia’s invasion.

It is an issue that Biden administration officers and European leaders warn will doubtless get extra sophisticated within the days and weeks forward.

Harris’ talks in Bucharest with President Klaus Iohannis come after she spent Thursday in Poland, which has already welcomed some 1.5 million Ukrainians because the invasion started. She met in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Ukrainian refugees, and others in hopes of getting a fuller image of the unfolding humanitarian disaster.

The southeastern European nation of Romania — a nation of about 19 million — had taken in additional 84,000 displaced individuals as of Tuesday, based on United Nations information. Different nations on NATO’s jap flank, together with Hungary, Moldova and Slovakia, have additionally welcomed tens of 1000’s of refugees.

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Harris stated the U.S. was “absolutely prepared” to assist these “who understand the moral obligation we should feel to help people who are fleeing harm and seeking refuge; the burden we should all be prepared to take on to support those people who are fleeing their home when they don’t want to leave.”

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a joint press conference with Poland's President Andrzej Duda on the occasion of their meeting at Belwelder Palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 10, 2022.

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks throughout a joint press convention with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on the event of their assembly at Belwelder Palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 10, 2022.
(AP Picture/Czarek Sokolowski)

Duda, in a press convention with Harris, stated Polish leaders are “aware that the problem is growing and that this problem is increasing.”

“We have to somehow handle it, and we do not have the experience,” he stated.

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Total, greater than 2.3 million individuals have fled Ukraine because the begin of the conflict. And the variety of displaced individuals continues to develop each day. The United Nations warns that as much as 5 million individuals might flee Ukraine. That may make it the most important humanitarian disaster in Europe since World Conflict II.

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a joint press conference with Poland's President Andrzej Duda on the occasion of their meeting at Belwelder Palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 10, 2022.

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks throughout a joint press convention with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on the event of their assembly at Belwelder Palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 10, 2022.
(AP Picture/Czarek Sokolowski)

Duda stated he had requested Harris to relay to President Joe Biden that Poland wish to see expedited visa procedures for Ukrainians who’ve household residing america in order that they may resettle within the U.S. no less than quickly.

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Harris stated most refugees who’ve fled Ukraine choose to stay in Europe. Earlier this month, the administration provided humanitarian aid to Ukrainians in america, which might defend 1000’s from being deported to their war-torn homeland. Ukrainians already within the U.S. would be capable to keep within the U.S. for as much as 18 months underneath the federal program referred to as Short-term Protected Standing.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, left, greets US Vice President Kamala Harris as she arrives for meetings at Belwelder Palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 10, 2022. 

Polish President Andrzej Duda, left, greets US Vice President Kamala Harris as she arrives for conferences at Belwelder Palace, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, March 10, 2022. 
(Saul Loeb/Pool Picture through AP)

The Pentagon introduced final month it was deploying a Stryker squadron of about 1,000 further troopers to Romania, a NATO member, because the Biden administration seems to bolster the navy alliance’s presence on NATO’s jap flank.

U.S. officers stay involved about Romania’s vulnerability within the midst of Russian exercise within the Black Sea.

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Earlier than departing Warsaw for Romania on Friday, Harris was scheduled to go to with U.S. and Polish troops.

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