Nicole Malliotakis is the U.S. representative for New York’s 11th congressional district. Her district includes southern Brooklyn and Staten Island, inhabited by many Americans of Polish descent.
In an interview with Radio RAMPA, Congresswoman Malliotakis analyzes President Joe Biden’s visit to Poland and talks about her visit, which took place a week before the American president’s visit.
Malliotakis talked about the good partnership between the US and Poland, not only in military matters, but also in economic and trade matters. “Poland is becoming a pillar of NATO,” said the American politician, commenting on Poland’s efforts to station more NATO troops.
While in Poland, Congresswoman visited the American military and had the opportunity to see with her own eyes the hospitality and kindness with which Poles welcomed Ukrainian refugees. The Republican said that her trip also aimed at checking how American funds intended to help Ukraine are invested.
Malliotakis believes that other members of the European Union should show greater commitment to helping Ukraine – she underlined that considering the size of countries and their societies, Poland helps much more than many other European countries – in particular, she pointed out Germany.
Malliotakis also believes that in those sectors where domestic production is not possible and it is necessary to outsource orders, the United States should look for partners in countries that are its allies – in countries such as Poland – and not, for example, in China.
In the US, especially among the conservative politicians, there seems to be a decline in support for providing aid to Ukraine – many justify this with internal problems in the US. Malliotakis explains that the Republicans want to ensure that Ukraine will be held accountable for the aid it receives. As an example, Congresswoman cites the war in Afghanistan, where she said, some US funds may have ended up in the wrong hands.
The conversation was recorded the day before the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.