Strong NATO relations 'aim of Polish foreign policy' in 2019

Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has presented the priorities of the Polish diplomacy for 2019 in the lower house of the Polish parliament.

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“The cooperation of all institutions dealing with foreign policy and the combined vision and activities of Polish top officials have made Poland an active country that is listened to and that commands respect among its partners,” the minister said.

In reference to Brexit crisis, Mr Czaputowicz said that the UK leaving the European Union without a deal is the worst scenario possible. “Brexit represents a serious challenge to the European Union and its member states. Poland will keep looking for solutions to enlist support for the negotiated agreement,” the FM said.

Cooperation with NATO and the US

Mr Czaputowicz also spoke about military cooperation with NATO and the US. “Our aspiration to be the core of NATO and US military presence in the region is real,” he stressed. On Tuesday, Poland, along with the Czech Republic and Hungary, celebrated the 20th anniversary of joining NATO.

“We really care about empowering NATO’s potential of deterrence and defence. Our desire to become a core of NATO and the US military presence in our region is real,” the minister said. He added that Poland believes NATO should maintain its “open door” policy.

The minister said also that Poland is ready to take co-responsibility for peace and security in Europe and overseas. “We return to the peace operations of the UN. In 2019, we expect to deploy a Polish contingent as a part of UN UNIFIL mission in Lebanon,” Mr Czaputowicz declared.

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European issues

The Foreign Minister has also strongly expressed Poland’s objection against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

“We are consistently against the Nord Stream 2 project and we support the critical opinion of the European Commission on this matter,” he stressed.

Mr Czaputowicz also presented the Polish government’s vision of the EU. “We are in favour of a strong EU, enjoying the support of the countries and nations that are part of it, an EU that contributes to the economic growth and prosperity of its societies and supports equalising the living standards of citizens of all member states,” he said.

He also announced that leaders of 10 countries – Poland, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia – that joined EU on May 1, 2004, will meet in Warsaw to mark the 15th anniversary of the accession.