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  • 7 December 2016

    Cooperation of the North Atlantic Alliance with Ukraine and the future of Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan were the chief subjects discussed by NATO allies in Brussels.

    “Poland supports Ukraine on security not only through NATO, but also bilaterally and in common with such partners as the US, the UK, Canada, and Lithuania,” emphasised Minister Witold Waszczykowski. One of the goals is to strengthen Ukraine’s defence capabilities. A meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the NATO-Ukraine Commission was a signal of the Alliance’s political support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

     

    In the context of NATO-Russia relations, Minister Waszczykowski stressed that Poland agrees to the Alliance’s dialogue with Moscow, but on certain conditions. “Dialogue with Russia should be meaningful; it shouldn’t come down to rhetoric, ritual, to the mere fact; but it should lead to something concrete. We’re now expecting the Secretary General to put forward a solution in the coming days,” said Minister Waszczykowski. The NATO Secretary General said that the message to Russia should combine defence with dialogue. “Our dialogue with Russia is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of a strong and predictable approach adopted by NATO towards our biggest neighbour. Russia is there to stay. We don’t want to isolate Russia, but we must engage in dialogue with Russia in many ways, as NATO and its individual members,” he declared.

     

     

    The MFA head confirmed at a press conference that the Polish side presented a document on the implementation of NATO Summit decisions. “Right now it’s classified; it has been presented to other NATO delegations. It concerns the implementation of the decisions made at the Summit. It also deals with keeping dialogue with Russia,” said the minister.

     

    Minister Waszczykowski thinks that EU sanctions against Russia should remain in place. “Sanctions should be prolonged. After yesterday’s debate on Russia and today’s NATO-Ukraine meeting, there’s no doubt the sanctions should be extended,” underlined Minister Waszczykowski.

     

    The ministers also held consultations with non-NATO members which take part in the allied mission in Afghanistan. “Poland wants to maintain its current contribution to this mission, with 250 personnel,” said Minister Waszczykowski.

     

    The Brussels visit was an occasion for bilateral meetings between the chief of Polish diplomacy and his counterparts from Georgia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Turkey.

     

    Cooperation between the Alliance and the European Union was one of the key points on the first day’s agenda. The ministers endorsed a set of proposals that implement the NATO-EU Joint Declaration adopted at the Warsaw Summit. Tuesday’s session also featured a discussion on ensuring security for NATO’s southern borders.

     

    MFA Press Office

     

    See a photo gallery of NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels attended by Minister Witold Waszczykowski

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