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Thursday, 6 June 2013

"NATO's ability to defend member states of key importance"

  |   President Bronisław Komorowski meets NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen President Bronisław Komorowski meets NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen President Bronisław Komorowski meets NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen President Bronisław Komorowski meets NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen President Bronisław Komorowski meets NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen President Bronisław Komorowski meets NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen President Bronisław Komorowski meets NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

The real ability to defend the territories of member states should be of prime importance in the functioning of the North Atlantic Alliance, Polish President Bronisław Komorowski said after meeting NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

 

President Komorowski, speaking at a joint press conference in Warsaw on Thursday, stressed that vital for Poland is an analysis of the entire military operation in Afghanistan allowing to draw common conclusions for the future, both regarding the future of Afghanistan as well as for the "future post-Afghan NATO."

 

President Komorowski said "Poland wants preparations and real ability to defend the territories of NATO member states to be of utmost importance in the practical functioning of the North Atlantic Alliance."

 

Therefore, said the president, Poland attaches great importance to the exercises of the NATO Response Force held under the code name "Steadfast Jazz". The exercises will be held this coming September and cover the territories of Poland and the Baltic States.

 

"This will be an important exercise, proving, hopefully, the existence of real ability and real readiness to defend member states' territories in view of the contingency plans" said the president.

 

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Poland is heavily involved in NATO activities, taking active part in allied operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan. "Your forces with great dedication and courage serve in allied operations..." Rasmussen thanked Poland for its participation in building "a strong NATO and a strong Europe".

 

Referring to the question of defence spending Rasmussen said Poland has almost reached the level set by the Alliance at 2.0 percent of GDP. He added that Poland is committed to the modernisation of its armed forces and participation in the missile defence project. (PAP)

 

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