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Monday, 15 May 2017

President: NATO should stand shoulder to shoulder in Russia relations

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In relations with Russia, NATO should stand together to show the unity, unanimity and solidarity of all its member states, President Andrzej Duda told a press conference after a meeting with visiting Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis.

 

 

President Duda said that his conversation with Raimonds Vejonis had focused on both bilateral relations and Polish-Latvian ties within NATO and the EU.
 
"I and Mr President have discussed the issue of fulfilling the decisions made at NATO's last summit in Warsaw. Now we are close to a Brussels summit where we will again meet with the leaders of other NATO member states", Andrzej Duda said.
 
The talks also centred on a newly-established multinational battalion group in Latvia that comprises a company of Polish troops equipped with tanks, President Duda reported.
 
This is a reference to the two countries' cooperation a 100 years ago, when both states were regaining their independence, Duda noted.
 
The two presidents also discussed safety of citizens in Poland and Latvia, including military cooperation and relations with Russia.
 
"Here our positions (...) are fully aligned as we believe that NATO should stand together in relations with Russia and should first of all ensure the security of the Alliance's eastern flank and show unity, unanimity and solidarity of all its member states and their determination in keeping NATO territory absolutely indivisible", said President Duda.
 
"We also share the view that NATO should fight terrorism and should stand firm also in this area", Andrzej Duda added.
 
The Latvian president and his wife Iveta Vejone came on an official visit to Poland on Monday. 
 
In a statement issued after a meeting in Warsaw, Presidents of Poland Andrzej Duda and Latvia Raimonds Vejonis stressed that the two countries shared a view on EU questions, including Brexit.


"It is necessary to seek agreement with Great Britain in order to make it possible for Brexit to follow a possibly soft course for our societies, and (...) make this relation (in the future) profitable both for the European Union and Great Britain. This is a condition of good cooperation in the future as far as the rights of Polish and Lativan citizens living in Britain are concerned", reads the document.


President Duda expressed gratitude to his Latvian partner for his declaration to take part in a Three Seas summit in Poland. "For me this is a European initiative, for me this is an initiative within the "EU which aims at cohesion in the Union as well as balancing development between various EU parts, so that these differences are erased", he said.


The Three Seas project is a joint initiative by the Presidents of Poland and Croatia consisting in the enhancement of the Central and Eastern European countries' cooperation in the areas of energy, transport, digitisation and economy.


The Polish president also expressed thanks to the Latvian head of state for his support of Poland's UN Security Council non-permanent member candidacy in 2018 and 2019.


"I explained to President Vejonis that Poland wanted to join the Security Council not only to be its member but also to be a representative of our region of Europe", President Duda stressed, declaring that Poland would be carefully listening to all proposals and initiatives forwarded by its regional partners, including Latvia. (PAP)
 

 

 

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