Eastern flank state leaders meet in Warsaw
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.