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  • 9 October 2017

    "Our meetings focus on security issues in our region. We discuss what new challenges, new threats lie in store for our nine countries, and how we are going to confront them," Minister Witold Waszczykowski said following a meeting of nine ministers and deputy ministers of the Bucharest Nine group of countries, which is made up of Poland, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bulgaria.


    As the Polish top diplomat pointed out, Monday's meeting in Warsaw also looked at preparations in the run-up to NATO's summit in 2018, which is particularly important given the current situation in the region. "The situation is unstable, and in recent weeks this has been due to the large scale military drills Zapad 17, which were organised by Russia and Belarus. Today we had a long discussion about these manoeuvres and lessons to be drawn from them," said Minister Waszczykowski. "We took this opportunity to talk about the relationship between our countries, NATO and Russia. We reaffirmed that decisions taken at last year's NATO Summit in Warsaw should be continued, which is to say that we should pursue a two-track policy towards Russia," recalled the chief of Polish diplomacy, who explained that our defence capabilities should be increased even as dialogue with Russia is developed.
     

    Minister Waszczykowski said that NATO should take note of threats, including of hybrid and cyber nature, and challenges coming from all directions. "We paid much attention to different security initiatives emerging within the EU. As a potential security cooperation framework, Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) should be aimed at threats coming from all directions," observed Minister Waszczykowski.

     
    It is the second time the Bucharest meeting of foreign ministers has been held. The previous summit took place in Bucharest in November 2016. The nine-party format of consultations was inaugurated by the presidents' meeting in Warsaw in 2014.

     
    MFA Press Office

     

    Joint statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Bucharest Nine

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