President confirms new defence plans agreed at NATO's summit

2020-07-01 13:17 update: 2020-07-02, 12:26
President of Poland Andrzej Duda. Fot. PAP/Marcin Bielecki
President of Poland Andrzej Duda. Fot. PAP/Marcin Bielecki
President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday that NATO had officially confirmed the Gradual Response Plans (GRP), aimed at strengthening Poland's security and defense system, that had been earlier arranged at the December 2019 NATO summit in London.

"I am very happy about this, because it is the final military, one can say, technical approval of political decisions that were taken during the last NATO summit in London in December 2019," the president said.

In December, NATO members agreed to update defence plans for Poland and the Baltic states despite earlier threats by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he would block the move if NATO did not support Tukey's fight against Kurdish YPG militias in Syria.

President Duda, who spoke with Erdogan, sought an agreement with Turkey on this matter during the NATO summit in London. The meeting was also attended by leaders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Eventually, Duda managed to convince Ankara to withdraw the veto. Poland and the Baltic countries were also supported by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

A NATO source has told PAP that "the most important decision was made already in December during the London summit, but now all the technical issues necessary for the plans to come into effect have finally been resolved."

The source added that diplomats say little about these plans, as their content is secret. According to unofficial information, it includes strengthening air defence in the region. (PAP)