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Friday, 8 June 2018

Eastern flank state leaders meet in Warsaw

  |   Official Welcoming Ceremony at the Presidential Palace Official Welcoming Ceremony at the Presidential Palace. The President of Poland welcomes the President of Romania - the co-host of the summit Official Welcoming Ceremony at the Presidential Palace Klaus Werner Iohannis and Andrzej Duda with Radek Vondráček, the chairman of the Chamber of Deputies Presidents Klaus Werner Iohannis and Andrzej Duda Klaus Werner Iohannis and Andrzej Duda with Rumen Radew, the President of Bulgaria Klaus Werner Iohannis and Andrzej Duda with Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of Estonia Klaus Werner Iohannis and Andrzej Duda with Raimonds Vējonis, the President of Latvia Klaus Werner Iohannis and Andrzej Duda with Andrej Kiska, the President of Slovakia Klaus Werner Iohannis and Andrzej Duda with János Áder, the President of Hungary Klaus Werner Iohannis and Andrzej Duda with Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of Lithuania Family photo Family photo Family photo Meeting of the Presidents of the Bucharest Nine Meeting of the Presidents of the Bucharest Nine First Plenary Session First Plenary Session First Plenary Session First Plenary Session First Plenary Session First Plenary Session Press conference of the President of the Republic of Poland and the President of Romania Press conference of the President of the Republic of Poland and the President of Romania Press conference of the President of the Republic of Poland and the President of Romania Press conference of the President of the Republic of Poland and the President of Romania Press conference of the President of the Republic of Poland and the President of Romania Arrival to the Royal Castle Sightseeing of the Royal Castle in Warsaw The Meeting of the Bucharest Nine at the Royal Castle in Warsaw The Meeting of the Bucharest Nine at the Royal Castle in Warsaw The Meeting of the Bucharest Nine at the Royal Castle in Warsaw Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish IndependenceConcert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence

The summit of the countries making up NATO's eastern flank, the so-called Bucharest Nine, has begun before noon on Friday in Warsaw, with participants welcomed by Polish and Romanian Presidents, Andrzej Duda and Klaus Iohannis, respectively. The joint declaration for the Brussels NATO summit has been adopted during the first part of the meeting. JOINT DECLARATION>>>

 

This is the second meeting of the Bucharest Nine, after a get-together in the Romanian capital in 2015. Hosted by Andrzej Duda and Klaus Iohannis, it is being attended by the heads of state of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria, as well as the speaker of the Czech parliament.

 

Attending the Warsaw meeting are the Presidents of Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria, as well as the head of the Czech parliament. The summit is chaired by Polish and Romanian heads of state Andrzej Duda and Klaus Iohannis.

 

 

  • The first session "Warsaw Plus: bringing the security of NATO’s Eastern flank to the next level"

  • Joint Declaration of the Heads of State Bucharest 9 meeting

"The declaration is concerned with the armed conflict in Ukraine, which remains permanently unresolved, it also considers the situation in the Middle East, this is why it is not only an expression of our responsibility and a serious approach to security matters and the functioning of the Alliance, but also for the time being, another demonstration of solidarity within the North Atlantic Alliance(...)," President Duda said during the press conference.

 

The next session of the Bucharest Nine summit was held by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

 

President Duda's aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, told PAP that the Warsaw conference was the eastern flank countries' contribution to security in the eastern part of the EU, and gave his assurance that countries in the region supported each other despite security policy differences.

 

"We want this Warsaw meeting to be the eastern flank's contribution to regional security. We want to make it clear that our countries support each other even if they differ in the specifics of their security strategies," Krzysztof Szczerski said.

 

  • Concert commemorating 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence

Cooperation within the Bucharest Nine (B9) group is an important part of Poland's security undertakings in its independence centenary year, President Andrzej Duda said on Friday at a centenary concert in Warsaw.

 

President Duda's words referred to Friday's Bucharest Nine Summit in Warsaw, called ahead of the July NATO summit in Brussels. The summit, attended by leaders of countries forming NATO's eastern flank (Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic) is to the be the region's contribution to the provisions of the Brussels summit.

 

In his address before the concert,  Andrzej Duda reminded that 1918, the year in which Poland regained independence, had also been important for other countries in the region as the year in which World War One ended, bringing or restoring independence to them.

 

President said the Bucharest Nine format was „an important element of our security undertakings”, and observed that the group's member states all had similar historical experiences.

 

Addressing a group of Bucharest Nine leaders present at the concert, Duda expressd hope for further cooperation within the B9 format to raise security in the region. - I believe that we will continue to support one another, that together we will build a security zone in our part of Europe - he said.

 

Attending the concert besides the Polish head of state were the presidents of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, Latvia, Raimonds Vejonis, Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid and Bulgaria, Rumen Radev. 

(PAP/AW/WP)

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