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Polish lawmakers pass resolution in support of Ukraine’s NATO bid

16.06.2023 23:45
Poland’s lower house, the Sejm, has adopted a resolution backing Ukraine’s bid to become a member of NATO, saying that such a move is “essential” both for Ukraine and “for European stability.”
The Polish lower house, the Sejm, in session on Friday, June 16, 2023.
The Polish lower house, the Sejm, in session on Friday, June 16, 2023.Twitter/Sejm of the Republic of Poland

MPs passed the resolution in an overwhelming 443-2 vote, with seven abstentions, on Friday night, Polish state news agency PAP reported. 

In the document, Polish lawmakers stated that “Russia's armed attack on Ukraine is a crime of aggression, a brutal violation of international law and a threat to global security.” 

The resolution said that, in its fight against Russia’s full-scale invasion, “Ukraine is defending its statehood and protecting shared values such as democracy and order based on international law.”

Polish MPs declared: “Given the sacrifices of the Ukrainian people and their sovereign right to choose their development path, the Sejm of the Republic of Poland fully underpins Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.”

The resolution added that Ukraine’s troops “are becoming increasingly interoperable with NATO forces and gaining experience on the battlefield,” and thus “from a military point of view, Ukraine's entry into NATO will also benefit the alliance.”

NATO membership 'is essential for Ukraine and for European stability’

Polish MPs stated: “Europe's security is linked to the security of Ukraine, which is why Ukraine's membership of the North Atlantic Alliance is essential, both for the country and for European stability.”

They noted that “the decision to join NATO rests with the country concerned and the member states of the alliance.”

They added: “The forthcoming summit in Vilnius is crucial for NATO-Ukraine relations and should be the venue for debate on its future.”

The resolution further stated that “the procedure of inviting Finland and Sweden to join the alliance could also be applied to Ukraine.”

In conclusion, Polish MPs declared: “The Sejm of the Republic of Poland will support endeavours to strengthen the alliance's political and practical cooperation with Ukraine and to build consensus for Ukraine's accession to NATO.”

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.

Friday is day 478 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: IAR, PAP, sejm.gov.pl