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  • 3 June 2016

    – 2016 is an important year for Poland, the NATO and our transatlantic community – said Minister Waszczykowski in his speech entitled “Poland and the NATO Summit - challenges in the area of security”, delivered at the Wrocław Global Forum.

    As the strongest Alliance in the world, we have to be determined to act - called the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, assuring that during the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland will strive to persuade the Alliance to take decisions covering all challenges it is facing. – The complex situation at our borders requires concrete decisions – said Minister Waszczykowski, adding that “symptoms of threats to security can be seen north-, east- and southwards from our borders”.

     

    As regards relations with Russia, Minister Witold Waszczykowski expressed his concerns about aggressive military activity of this state in Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea region. – As the foreign minister, I strongly believe that relations between states should be based in mutual trust, understanding and assurance that our allies feel safe. Meanwhile, Russia continues its military action in Ukraine, is expanding its hybrid capacities at our border and simulates a nuclear attack in our region during its military exercises.  We cannot accept this – declared Minister Waszczykowski while underlying that “although the dialog with Russia is important, it cannot undermine the security of our borders and citizens”.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    According to the Foreign Minister, enhancing the eastern flank of the NATO is necessary if we want to avoid an armed conflict. – What makes the NATO strong is expanding the zone where peace and prosperity prevail. As we do not want a war with any state, we have to show that we are well prepared to it. History has taught as the appeasement policy is ineffective – said the Minister. The Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed his hope that “the NATO Summit will be an occasion for partners who share our values to establish enhanced forms of cooperation with the Alliance”. – The Warsaw Summit should emphasize the fundamental principle of open doors.

     

    Deputy Foreign Ministers Konrad Szymanski and Katarzyna Kacperczyk took part in meetings on Friday within the framework of the Wroclaw Global Forum.

     

    In a panel discussion titled “The Future of Europe: Democracy and Society Under Pressure?” Deputy Minister Szymanski spoke about Europe’s demographic problems and the weakening support for EU integration among Europeans. He said that “migration policy should be much more advanced”. “We are trying to convince Brussels to be more understanding in its judgements and slightly more careful in its decision-making – because this will all work in favour of European integration,” he said.

     

    On the sidelines of the conference, Deputy Minister Szymanski met with Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euroatlantic Integration. Deputy Minister Katarzyna Kacperczyk took part in a panel discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. “The TTIP is the biggest free trade agreement in the world with important implications, not only for the economy but also for geopolitics,” the Secretary of State said. Deputy Minister Kaczperczyk also took part in meetings dedicated to energy based on fossil fuels and an environmentally sustainable model of using coal.

     

    Wroclaw Global Forum is a conference organized by the Atlantic Council, the City of Wrocław and the Polish Institute of International Affairs. This year, it is held under the following motto: “Shaping the Policy and Business Agenda for a New Europe”. Panel discussions, in which several hundred of politicians, diplomats, experts and representatives of business are involved, are devoted, among others, to political relations between the EU and the USA, transatlantic economic cooperation, preparations for the NATO summit in Warsaw and the migration crisis. The Wrocław Global Forum project is co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

     

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