- Associated Press - Sunday, March 20, 2016

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland’s president said Sunday that he had held very good talks with U.S. senators about the security situation in Central and Eastern Europe, before a NATO summit that Poland will host in July.

Andrzej Duda said that the five members of the U.S. Senate’s Intelligence Committee were “not interested in” and didn’t discuss Poland’s current political crisis that has paralyzed the Constitutional Tribunal, which has drawn censure from European Union leaders and concern from three other U.S. senators.

Duda said the two-hour talks Saturday in the southern city of Krakow centered on threats to security in the region and on issues that Poland considers key for the NATO summit July 8-9. Warsaw wants to obtain greater NATO security guarantees for the region nervous about Russia’s actions in Ukraine and elsewhere.

He said the closed-door talks were “very good, held in very good atmosphere.”

The U.S. senators who met with Duda were Richard M. Burr, Republican from North Carolina; Dan Coats, Republican from Indiana; Angus King, Jr., independent from Maine; Barbara Mikulski, Democrat from Maryland; and Mark Warner, Democrat from Virginia.

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