Most countries share Poland's opinion regarding NATO, Russia - FM

2019-12-09 10:37 update: 2019-12-10, 21:24
Jacek Czaputowicz. Photo PAP/EPA/OMER MESSINGER
Jacek Czaputowicz. Photo PAP/EPA/OMER MESSINGER
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has told PAP that "most countries share Poland's opinion regarding NATO and Russia," and added that "France has not won approval of its position, while Germany is keeping its distance from the issue."

Asked about the recent NATO summit in London, Minister Czaputowicz described it as successful. "Its decisions have been taken in accordance with our expectations. The declaration confirmed the unity of the Alliance. Defence plans for Poland were also upgraded," he said.

According to Czaputowicz, statements by alliance leaders have shown that NATO is on a good path towards strengthening its defence and deterrence abilities. He underlined that the defence spending of European countries and Canada "has been on the rise."

"These countries understand that they have to spend more on their security, just as it was suggested by the US president," he added.

The official said that Poland had a strong position in NATO and that it contributed to maintaining the alliance's readiness.

"Poland has offered two land battalions, two F-16 squadrons and two minesweepers to the forces planned as part of a NATO Readiness Initiative. Poland will be a framework country of one of the six brigades, in which the two battalions will be included. Next year, NATO will stage an important exercise; 20,000 US troops will be training mainly on Polish territory," he said.

Referring to French President Emmanuel Macron's words about brain death of the alliance, Minister Czaputowicz said that Poland had a different opinion regarding NATO, but underlined that the summit had reached agreement and France had joined the declaration, as well as the alliance's activities.

Speaking about the opening towards Russia, the official said Poland considered it premature. "There are no grounds for this. Russia continues to conduct aggressive politics. Our concern has been aroused by the convergence of France's postulates with Russian politics," he explained.

The minister underlined that as far as these issues were concerned, most countries shared Poland's opinion. "France has not won approval of its thinking regarding NATO and openness towards Russia. Of course, it was praised by Russia, but this should not be seen as a reason for a positive evaluation, since it only shows that France's proposals are in Russia's interest, and not in the interest of western countries. Germany is also keeping its distance," he stated. (PAP)
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