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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

President: NATO needs efficient decision-making processes

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We need efficient decision-making and command processes, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday morning ahead of a two-day NATO summit in Brussels.

 

The talks among NATO members will concern the strengthening and streamlining of decision-making processes in order to ensure efficient defence in times of crisis, President Duda said.

 

The summit will also host Georgian and Ukrainian officials, Andrzej Duda added.

 

"I hope and I believe that sooner or later they will become part of the euroatlantic community in the full sense of the word," the Polish president said.

 

Andrzej  Duda stressed NATO's unity and said there was "no discord in the euroatlantic area". 

 

President said that within the next four to 6 weeks, new purchases will be made for the Polish army as the armed forces continue to be modernised. Andrzej Duda gave his assurances "new purchases" for Poland's armed forces will be made in a month or month and a half.

 

"The plan to modernise and further arm the Polish military is being implemented," the president told journalists. "I can say this here with full responsibility - please do not worry." As the head of state noted, Poland has enacted legislation to raise defence spending from 2 to 2.5 percent of GDP by 2030. "Here within the Alliance, this is making a huge impression," he added, "because this is a very important decision."

 

The planned defence outlays are not in doubt, the president said. "I am convinced the amount we had pledged" to spend, "will be spent." 

(PAP/KG)

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