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Poland, US reiterate 'unwavering commitment to defend every inch of NATO territory'

23.04.2024 11:00
Poland and the United States have reiterated their "unwavering commitment to defend every inch of NATO territory," the two countries have said.
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The Polish and US governments said they held "the 15th session of the US-Poland Strategic Dialogue" in Washington on Monday.

They issued a joint statement afterward to announce that "the Dialogue focused on shared values and interests, reaffirming the strong, steady, and broad bilateral cooperation between the United States and Poland."

The statement added that "the working groups of the Dialogue discussed regional security and collective defense; political-military issues; energy security, including nuclear energy cooperation; economic prosperity; and renewing democracy and rule of law at home and regionally in Eurasia."

"The United States and Poland reiterate our unwavering commitment to defend every inch of NATO territory," the statement said.

Polish and US officials "discussed security arrangements on NATO’s eastern flank and further developing capabilities and forces that will reinforce NATO’s interoperability, readiness, and modernization," according to the joint statement.

"Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defense, especially in light of the latest NATO airspace violations," the US Department of State said on its website. 

It added that "both sides look forward to the July 2024 NATO Washington Summit marking 75 years of the most successful and enduring alliance in history and reaffirming Allied unity in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine."

The two countries declared they "are committed to ensuring Russia’s aggression against Ukraine remains a strategic failure."

"We affirmed our support to Ukraine’s self-defense, humanitarian relief efforts, and Ukraine’s economic recovery," the statement said, as published on the state.gov website.

Poland and the United States "will continue to cooperate closely with Allies and partners in support of Ukraine’s efforts to repel Russia’s invasion and win the war," according to the statement.

The 15th US-Poland Strategic Dialogue was hosted by the US Department of State and attended by "interagency and inter-ministerial representatives from both governments," including Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Robert Kupiecki and Deputy Defence Minister Paweł Zalewski.

On the American side, participants included representatives from the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce and Energy, among them State Department Counselor Derek Chollet.

"Both sides expressed a strong interest in deepening the bilateral strategic partnership in the year ahead and through future strategic dialogues," according to the statement.

The Strategic Dialogue talks took place one year after the previous session in Warsaw and two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, officials said.

They added that Poland and the United States aim to hold the next annual meeting in Warsaw early next year.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, starting the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II.

Tuesday is day 784 of Russias war on Ukraine.


Source: PAPstate.gov