Poland, Romania, Turkey are pillars of NATO's eastern flank - FM

2020-04-28 19:06 update: 2020-04-29, 14:15
Photo: Marcin Obara
Photo: Marcin Obara
Poland, Romania and Turkey are three pillars of NATO's eastern flank, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Tuesday after a teleconference with his Romanian and Turkish counterparts.

"We regularly consult in a 'Trilogue' format to discuss how we can be more efficient in reacting to the dynamic security situation in our neighbourhood," Czaputowicz was quoted as saying in the Polish Foreign Ministry's press release.

"We all support the maintenance of unity and solidarity and close transatlantic cooperation within the Alliance, which is particularly important in the face of contemporary threats related to the Covid-19 pandemic," Czaputowicz was quoted to have said after talks with his Romanian and Turkish counterparts, Bogdan Aurescu and Mevlut Cavusoglu, respectively.

The ministers stressed the importance of maintaining NATO's strong defence and deterrence policies, which are also crucial in the current situation, the ministry wrote.

The ministers discussed their trilateral cooperation aimed to foster a stable situation in NATO's neighbourhood, particularly in Ukraine, Georgia and Western Balkans, the ministry added.

Developments in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan were also important topics of the ministerial talks.

The ministers discussed joint Polish-Romanian-Turkish projects to be carried out in the coming months, including an increase in activity and cooperation within NATO and OSCE and in selected capitals of partner countries.

Another session of trilateral consultations, which have been held regularly since 2012, is planned to take place in Bucharest next year. The previous session was held in Ankara in April 2019. (PAP)