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Harris’ trip to Poland is now a clean-up mission after US rejects jet plan

Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to the Polish capital has taken an unexpected turn as she’s parachuting into the middle of unexpected diplomatic turbulence over fighter jets. A day after the United States declined Poland’s surprise proposal to provide Soviet-built MiG-29 fighter jets to the U.S. to give to Ukraine, Harris will meet with the country’s top leaders in Warsaw, where she will need to try to smooth over the controversy. A major aim of the trip is to show unity among NATO allies in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine. On Wednesday, a Russian airstrike devastated a maternity hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, burying women and children under debris and injuring more than a dozen. Harris, who arrived in Poland on Wednesday, will meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. She will also confer with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is also visiting Poland. 

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