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Saturday, 9 July 2016

President: Warsaw summit showed NATO's unity

  |   President's press conference at the end of The Warsaw NATO summit (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) President's press conference at the end of The Warsaw NATO summit (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) President's press conference at the end of The Warsaw NATO summit (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) President's press conference at the end of The Warsaw NATO summit (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) President's press conference at the end of The Warsaw NATO summit (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP) President's press conference at the end of The Warsaw NATO summit (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP)

NATO and Poland have achieved success at the Alliance's summit in Warsaw, its conclusions are favourable for both Poland and NATO, Polish President Andrzej Duda told a Saturday press conference summing up the two-day gathering.

 

"These were long-lasting negotiations and now one may say that NATO achieved success at the summit and that Poland achieved success as a member of the North Atlantic Alliance," said the president.

 

Andrzej Duda stressed that the summit participants conducted "long discussions but in the end the conclusions drawn are beneficial for the Alliance and for Poland." The president welcomed the fact that the goals set before the summit by him and his associates were achieved.

 

According to the president, the summit means "a real response" to the changing security environment in Europe and adjustment of NATO's actions to those changes. "For Poland this above all means an enhanced presence of the North Atlantic Alliance's forces on our territory."

 

The president said that declarations were voiced during the summit on the presence of allied forces in Poland. He mentioned that Great Britain pledged to send 150 soldiers to Poland; also the president of Romania declared readiness to send soldiers.

 

"We are thankful for these declarations. Allied detachments are being formed now so that the summit-passed assumptions on the Alliance's enhanced, forward presence in the Baltic States and in Poland could be implemented next year," said President Duda.

 

President Duda stressed that the Warsaw summit clearly showed the Alliance's unity, cohesion and solidarity. "The summit ended with the passing of very important decisions, some even say that they are of historic significance." The president observed that the summit decisions concerned not only NATO countries but also the situation on the "Alliance's southern outskirts." The talks also concerned Ukraine and NATO's support for that country.

 

"Decisions on all these issues have been taken and this is a cause for great satisfaction not only for me but also for all the heads of state and government present at the summit," stressed Andrzej Duda.

 

The president thanked all the leaders who came to Warsaw. He directed special thanks to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and his associates.

 

Meanwhile, Jens Stoltenberg ending the Warsaw NATO summit thanked President Andrzej Duda for the "excellent organisation" of the event, and participants in the event for the discussion and work. "We showed that NATO is united," the secretary general told a joint press conference held with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko. (PAP) 

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