Poland expects 'clear message' from NATO summit in London: official

Leaders of the 29 NATO countries are to meet in London, the capital of the UK between December 3 and 4 to attend the summit of the Alliance, marking the 70th anniversary of establishing this organisation.

National Security Bureau meet prior to London NATO summit

Polish President Andrzej Duda approved Poland’s stance during a meeting of the National Security Bureau on Friday, ahead of the forthcoming NATO...

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One of the important events will take place before the summit itself. Politicians, experts and journalists will discuss the future of NATO during the debate “NATO Engages” organised by the major research institutes. Polish President Andrzej Duda will give a speech during this event.

Krzysztof Szczerski, the Chief of Staff of the Polish president said that Poland’s head of state will take part in a meeting organised by US President Donald J. Trump for leaders of the countries which spend at least two percent of GDP on defence.

“Poland expects a clear message from the meeting that NATO is united and is live and sustainable alliance. The 70th anniversary of founding the alliance encourages to confirm the allies’ obligations and the fact that we can design next years in peace because we all are protected by a common defence alliance,” Mr Szczerski said.

Moreover, according to the presidential Chief of Staff, Poland expects decision concerning the military capabilities of the Alliance. “We expect that after the summit we will see the next phase of NATO adaptation to the new challenges, but also the fulfillment of earlier decisions,” he said.

President Andrzej Duda and the First Lady, Agata Kornhauser-Duda will also attend a reception for the participants of the summit, organised by Queen Elizabeth II.

He will also take part in the ceremony of posthumous promotion of two Polish participants of the Battle of Britain during WWII. Col. Franciszek Kornicki will be promoted to Brigade General and John Franklin a.k.a. Mieczysław Frąckiewicz to the rank of Second Lieutenant. He will also receive Siberian Exiles Cross as well as Gold Medal of Merit for National Defence.

Apart from the President, the Polish delegation also includes Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, Paweł Soloch, head of the National Security Bureau, as well as General Rajmund Andrzejczak, head of General Staff.

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Alliance will respond if Poland is attacked: NATO Sec-Gen

Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary-General of NATO said in an interview published by the “Rzeczpospolita“ daily on Tuesday that the entire NATO alliance will respond to any attack on Poland or the Baltic countries.

Mr Stoltenberg added that NATO had no list of enemies because it did not see any immediate threat to its allies. The Alliance did see, however, an increasingly uncertain and unpredictable security environment. He added that NATO must be prepared for the unknown.

The NATO secretary-general also said that the Alliance does not define Russia as its “enemy” but through the presence of NATO forces in Poland and in the Baltic countries, it sent Russia a very strong signal: if there is an attack on Poland or the Baltic countries, the entire alliance will respond