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  • 24 October 2018

    "Poland intends to further focus its policy on the Eastern dimension," Minister Czaputowicz declared during the Warsaw Security Forum, which started in Warsaw on Wednesday.

    The chief of Polish diplomacy took part in a ministerial session titled "Security in Europe - Fault Lines in the East," together with the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Lithuania, and Georgia: Pavlo Klimkin, Linas Linkeviczius, and David Zalkaliani. The session participants agreed that Russia’s policy remains the biggest threat for this part of Europe. In this context, Minister Czaputowicz presented Poland's vision of the Eastern Partnership on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the initiative. "It has been a great success but we should be thinking about next steps," said the MFA head, pointing out the need to further develop the Eastern Partnership and comparing them to the processes of bringing the Balkan states closer to the EU. 


    The ministers also referred to the issue of transatlantic unity, acknowledging that there are differences in understanding security between the United States and some European countries. "Poland is engaged in discussions. We feel solidarity with our European partners, but at the same time we take into consideration the US viewpoint and the US perspective of global security threats," stressed Minister Czaputowicz. He also expressed the view that any divisions in this respect would be detrimental to our security. Referring to the Polish contribution to discussions on European security, Minister Czaputowicz at the same time underlined that only US military presence can ensure security for Europe. The chief of Polish diplomacy welcomed the recently launched EU initiatives such as the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and the European Defence Fund (EDF), provided that they are synergic with NATO activities. "The European Union should invest more in improving its military capabilities," he said.

     


    Apart from the ministerial session devoted to Eastern policy, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz took part in the panel "Catching Wind in Rough Waters – EU and Western Balkans" on relations between the EU and the Western Balkans countries. "The Western Balkans are a key direction in which we should get involved," emphasised the chief of Polish diplomacy during a debate with, among others, the Albanian and Hungarian foreign ministers.


    In the margins of the Forum, the Polish MFA head held bilateral talks with Albanian foreign minister Ditmir Bushati on supporting Albania's integration with the European Union, cooperation within NATO, and the Berlin Process. The ministers furthermore discussed the situation in the Western Balkans region. Jacek Czaputowicz also met with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkeviczius for talks on US military presence in the region.

     


    This year's Warsaw Security Forum is also attended by Deputy Ministers Konrad Szymański and Bartosz Cichocki.


    Organised by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, the Warsaw Security Forum is now in its fifth year. It is a platform for exchanging security policy experiences and opinions, and brings together both non-governmental organisations and think-tanks as well as representatives of government institutions of the North Atlantic Alliance and the European Union member states, and partner countries.

     

    MFA Press Office

     

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