Speech by President of the Republic of Poland Mr. Andrzej duda national Press Club


Poland, just like the whole of Europe, does not seek to isolate Russia. We do not want a come-back of the Cold War



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Poland, just like the whole of Europe, does not seek to isolate Russia. We do not want a come-back of the Cold War, which Prime Minister Medvediev talked about a short while ago in Munich. Societies and nations do not want to live in “the balance of fear”. However, we need to bear in mind that in order to build a partnership and a dialogue, mutual respect for common rules is needed. In other words – in order for a dialogue to be possible, law has to be respected.

Experience tells us that often what provokes aggression is the vacuum of security, military weakness and unsolved, so called “frozen conflicts”.

This is why we need to give a clear message to the world. Sanctions must be imposed and maintained on every country that violates the international law. Sanctions are universal legal instrument, which aim is to defend the principles of international relations.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In order to think about NATO`s relations with aggressive outside countries, we have to be strong and feel safe in the first place. The Alliance should once-again be able to define the security situation in its own territory on its own conditions. We cannot afford to be one step behind.

And this is exactly the reason why the Warsaw Summit must demonstrate that we are capable of building an adequate and cohesive DEFENSE potential based on RESILIENCE and DETERRENCE. Today this involves increasing the presence of troops and allied infrastructure on NATO`s Eastern flank. Real deterrence means real presence.






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