Transat­lantic ties

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

To main­tain strong ties with the US and de­velop the east­ern di­men­sion of EU pol­icy is, ac­cord­ing to Duda, a main in­ter­est of Pol­ish se­cu­rity. Sol­i­dar­ity on both sides of the At­lantic is im­por­tant, “es­pe­cially nowa­days, when some coun­tries are in­creas­ingly ea­ger to manifest the im­pe­rial char­ac­ter of their for­eign pol­icy, for the se­cu­rity of the Western world and the sus­tain­abil­ity of in­ter­na­tional law.”

Poland, alarmed by what it sees as Rus­sia’s assertive­ness on NATO’s east­ern flank, has lob­bied hard for the sta­tion­ing of Al­liance troops on its soil, es­pe­cially since Moscow’s an­nex­a­tion of Crimea in 2014. The coun­try is in­vest­ing heav­ily in de­fence. The Pol­ish pres­i­dent stressed that the east­ern di­men­sion of Euro­pean pol­icy is of cen­tral im­por­tance for his coun­try’s se­cu­rity.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the war in Ge­or­gia and Ukraine, the an­nex­a­tion of the Crimea and frozen con­flicts in Transnis­tria should be a re­minder how “im­per­ma­nent peace can be”.

“We see this more clearly than oth­ers, be­cause our own safety and the safety of Europe as a whole de­pend on it,” he con­cluded.

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