United States House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told Poland’s President Andrzej Duda that the US shares “Poland’s concerns about Russian aggression”.

“We would also like to assure our Polish allies that we are shoulder to shoulder with them and that we share Poland’s concerns about Russian aggression,” said Ryan in a statement delivered at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw after the meeting with President Andrzej Duda.

As reported by Radio Poland online, Ryan said that on the trip to Warsaw, he was representing the US Congress as the head of the delegation joining the two parties represented in the congress.

“We have several reasons for our visit: the first one is to express our gratitude to Poland for being a leader among Nato member states that supports us in our Nato operations, and we also want to express our support for Poland,” Ryan said.

He also thanked Poland for “paying 2% of GDP on defence”, adding that this support from Poland is “crucial”.

Poland is one of a handful of Nato member countries which contribute the required 2% of Gross Domestic Product to national defence.

“This was a very good conversation between two allied states,” said Krzysztof Szczerski, the head of the the Polish President’s office. He said they discussed security in Central and Eastern Europe, including the role of Nato and Polish-American cooperation in this regard.