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  • 11 October 2018

    “Security in the Baltic Sea region, the EU sanctions policy towards Russia, the conflict in Ukraine, the way forward for the Eastern Partnership, prospects for strengthening European defence in a manner complementary to NATO, and many other common challenges require a close cooperation between Poland and Finland,” said Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki during a meeting with his Finnish counterpart Anne Marjaana Sipiläinen.

    Deputy Minister Cichocki highlighted the negative consequences of the expansion of Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) capabilities in the Kaliningrad Oblast and of Russia-induced destabilization of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova using military, economic and political methods. The deputy ministers also discussed the challenges stemming from the developments in Syria, Iran and North Africa.


    Moreover, the consultations focused on the repercussions the planned gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 and the announced pipelines Nord Stream 3 and 4 could have for Europe’s security, including the risk of using them for military purposes. The deputy chief of Polish diplomacy expressed his support for the sanction policy the EU is consistently pursuing in response to Russia’s violations of international law, and endorsed a closer EU-NATO cooperation in the areas of military mobility and countering hybrid threats.


    The agenda also included a discussion on some of the events scheduled for 2019: ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, the Berlin Process summit in Poznan and the adoption of a new EU strategy for Central Asia. The Polish MFA deputy head noted that these events provide an opportunity to give a new impetus to the European integration process. “To prevent the European project from winding down, the European Union must remain active in its relations with the neighbours: both with respect to such threats as those posed by Russia, and in the context of transformation prospects in the Balkan countries, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia,” emphasized Deputy Minister Cichocki.


    Deputy Minister Bartosz Cichocki concluded his visit by delivering a lecture at a seminar on new initiatives in European security, hosted by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.   


     MFA Press Office

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