In his lecture Czaputowicz recalled the role of the Central-East European countries in the fall of the Berlin Wall, and said that also today Europe stood at a historical turning-point. In this context he warned against the use of force in international politics, as evidenced by Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and Moscow's military upgrades.
"For over a decade now we have been observing a return to force in international relations, confirmed by the annexation of Crimea, Russia's aggression against Ukraine and raised armaments," the minister said, adding that the modernisation of Russia's armed forces constituted "a threat to European peace and stability. Poland's vision of the EU is bold, optimistic, and also realistic. We are for a strong, democratic and efficient EU which will ensure prosperity to its citizens and effectively oppose threats coming both from outside and inside the community," Czaputowicz said.
Referring to Brexit, Czaputowicz said Britain's exit from the EU was proof that not all were content with the way the community functioned, and observed that European integration was "a reversible process."
Czaputowicz also underscored the importance of Polish-German relations for the EU's future, and reminded about a Wednesday-scheduled round table meeting between the Polish and German foreign, defence and interior ministers and representatives of the Polish diaspora in Germany.
Commenting on the meeting to reporters after his lecture, Czaputowicz said it was an element of strengthening Polish-German dialogue. (PAP)