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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • WARSAW NATO SUMMIT 2016

  • 18 July 2016

    NATO has ended its Summit in Warsaw as a stronger organisation. It was a groundbreaking meeting of the heads of states and the heads of governments. Political and military decisions which really strengthen all the flanks of the Alliance have been taken. The Allies demonstrated determination and unity to respond to the threats from the east and the south.

    WARSAW DECLARATION ON TRANSATLANTIC SECURITY

    During the Summit, the Warsaw Declaration on Transatlantic Security was adopted. The declaration is an additional document in relation to the Final Communiqué and describes the negative long-term change in the security environment and NATO's response based on enhanced military presence on the eastern flank and building stability in both southern and eastern neighbourhood. The Declaration also reaffirms the need for further adaptation of NATO.

     

     

    STRENGTHENING THE EASTERN FLANK

    The Alliance sealed decisions related to the military adaptation on the eastern flank. Its most important element will be the presence of four allied multinational battalions with extended military tasks in relation to the presence established after the Summit in Newport.

     

    The battalions will be coordinated by the so-called member nations (USA, Great Britain, Germany, Canada). They will be supervised by the command of the division, which will be created on the basis of the Polish unit. The presence will be part of new, in terms of quality, deterrence and defence measures of the Alliance.

     

    The USA battalion will be stationed In Poland, which was announced in Warsaw by the President of the USA, Barack Obama. This confirms the strategic nature of the Polish-American relations.

     

    In Warsaw, it was decided that the Alliance will continue its work on the military presence on the eastern flank.

     

     

    RUSSIA

    Russia continues its aggressive policy towards Ukraine, choosing the path of confrontation. As a result of its operations the security environment has undergone a fundamental long-term unfavourable change, forcing appropriate measures strengthening the Alliance's eastern flank on NATO.

    At the same time, the Allies agreed that it is necessary to hold a dialogue with Russia. Its main objective should be to limit the risk and incidents and to increase the transparency of military action.

    However, there is no possibility of returning to a true partnership with Russia as long as it does not start fully respecting international law.

     

    ANTI-MISSILE DEFENCE

    The Alliance moved to the next stage of development of the missile defence system. This means more advanced protection of forces, population and the European part of NATO's territory against attacks by ballistic missiles.

    Base in Redzikowo will become part of the NATO system. Therefore, it will be crucial to the security of the Alliance and its collective defence.

     

    NATO'S MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN

    NATO's Resolute Support Mission will continue its tasks after 2016. Polish Military Contingent will remain in an unchanged level until the end of 2016.

     

    PROMOTING STABILITY IN THE ALLIANCE'S NEIGHBOURHOOD

    An important part of the adopted Warsaw package is to build a sphere of stability in the vicinity of the Alliance through development of defence capabilities of the partners. Supplementing military capabilities and building resilience can turn out to be an alternative to military operations. The initiative is addressed to both southern and eastern partners.

     

    GLOBAL COALITION AGAINST THE SO-CALLED ISLAMIC STATE

    The Alliance does not participate in the activities of the Global Coalition, but all member states do. Therefore, as the Alliance, we decided to help the Global Coalition. Thanks to the AWACS aircraft NATO will be an additional pair of “eyes and ears.”

    NATO's decision also increases the security of those Allies which are carrying out of operational activities in the region. Thanks to better reconnaissance also Polish pilots will be safer.

     

    UKRAINE

    All previous arrangements and decisions related to NATO-Ukraine cooperation still apply. The Alliance expressed NATO's solidarity with Ukraine. Russia's conflict with Ukraine must be resolved with respect for the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including the Crimea, its sovereignty and in full compliance with the standards of international law.

    We have adopted an ambitious, comprehensive package of practical cooperation. This is an important step towards further strengthening of defence capabilities of Ukraine by NATO.

    Democratic, sovereign Ukraine is crucial for the security of the entire European continent; without secure Ukraine there will be no secure Poland.

     

    That is why Poland is investing in support for Ukraine and its armed forces. We conduct joint military exercises, together with the USA, Great Britain, Canada and Lithuania train Ukrainian soldiers in Yavoriv. We have also created a multinational Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade.

     

    GEORGIA

    We have agreed to strengthen political and practical cooperation with Georgia, including even closer cooperation of the armed forces, also on the territory of Georgia. This should translate into increased defence capabilities of Georgia against potential forms of aggression.

    We confirmed the principle of “open door,” noting Georgia's progress on the road to membership. Tbilisi has all the tools necessary for this purpose.

     

    MFA Press Office

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