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Monday, 11 March 2019

President: Joining NATO confirmed Poland's sovereignty, independence

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President Andrzej Duda said in Szczecin, north-west Poland, on Monday that joining NATO confirmed Poland's sovereignty and independence, as well as its departure from the Russian sphere of influence.

 

The observances marking the 20th anniversary of the NATO accession of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary held at the headquarters of the Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin, were attended by President Andrzej Duda and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak. Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary joined NATO on March 12, 1999.

 

The head of state also stressed that joining NATO signified Poland's entrance to the western circle, and recalled that the treaty on Poland's admittance to NATO was signed in the US state of Missouri nearly 20 years ago - on March 12, 1999.

 

"I will not hesitate to say that generations of Poles had been waiting for this moment since the end of WWII. And one could also say today that many had sacrificed their lives for this moment," he emphasised.

 

"Joining the alliance finally confirmed Poland's sovereignty and independence, as well as its departure from the Russian sphere of influence, and entrance to the western geopolitical zone," he underlined.

 

 

 

The President praised the Corps command for its permanent development and said that today "it is the most important NATO command in this part of Europe, in this region."

 

He added that he and Minister Błaszczak, agreed the Szczecin-based 12th Mechanised Division will join the Corps. "I hope that our allies, with whom we jointly hold the multinational command, but above all Germany and Denmark, will also affiliate their divisions to the Szczecin-based command," the President added.

 

The headquarters of the Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin was established in the same year that Poland joined NATO. At the beginning, it comprised three framework countries, namely, Poland, Denmark and Germany. In 2004, it was joined by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Since that time, the number of countries comprising the Corps has been on the rise and has reached 25. The Corps has been monitoring the security situation in Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia and Hungary.

 

Since June 2017, the Szczecin-based Corps has been operating as the command of the high readiness force, and is responsible for land NATO forces stationed on the alliance's eastern flank. If necessary, it can be included into the NATO command system and take over command of allied land troops in the Baltic region, including the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), or the so-called spearhead. (PAP)

 

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