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.