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President: Work on rule raising Polish defence spending under way

"Work is under way in Poland on a new regulation increasing our defence spending to 2.2 percent of GDP by 2020 and to 2.5 percent by 2030", Polish President Andrzej Duda declared after a NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

The president said that defence spending by individual NATO members was one of the subjects of the Brussels meeting and added that he had presented Poland's plans in this respect.

"During all summit discussions we could hold our head up since Poland is one of the alliance's countries implementing all obligations", the president said.

Referring to US President Donald Trump's speech in Brussels regarding defence spending, President Duda stressed that Poland had been meeting its target of 2 percent of GDP.

PREZ media natomeeting.jpg "Work is under way in Poland on a new regulation, a new solution, which was the subject of my yesterday's conversation with deputy PM Mateusz Morawiecki, regarding an increase in our defence spending to 2.2 percent of GDP by 2020 and to 2.5 percent by 2030", President Duda said.

"And this is what I declared during today's summit. I said that Poland has such plans and such a strategy", the president added. 

"It is the year 2022 rather than 2018, so it is clear that the perspective is being moved in time since everybody is aware of the fact that this activity of the North Atlantic Alliance is necessary, that the security situation has been changing", President Duda said.

"This security and peace dividend - such is often the description used with regard to the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century - has already been exhausted. What we need today is a different outlook and in fact no one is questioning this. So I do not think - since there was not such an opinion - that we will witness either an end to mutual support or the withdrawal of forces which have come to the Baltic States, Poland and Romania", the president added.

"Poland is ready to increase its presence in Iraq", President Andrzej Duda said when asked if Poland had declared to strengthen its commitment to the war against terrorism.

"We have declared - but no concrete declarations have been made - that we are open, that we are ready to increase our presence in Iraq and cooperate, for instance in the repair and maintenance of military equipment used by the Iraqi army", the president said.

"We are ready to consider our presence, to consider an increase in our forces in the Middle East, but no concrete declarations have been made, no concrete figure have been presented", the president added. 

Prez Trump.jpg Before the general meeting, President Duda talked to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Andrzej Duda at a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg presented Poland's plans to raise the country's defence spending to 2.5 percent GDP by 2030.

The talks also covered Russia's autumn-planned Zapad manoeuvres, Poland's engagement in the anti-terrorist coalition, the situation in the Middle East and raised NATO presence in Poland's region.

The secretary general on Thursday confirmed that NATO will join the international coalition against the Islamic State, but stressed that the decision will not entail participation in combat missions.

Later President Andrzej Duda held several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the NATO meeting. He spoke with President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May, President of the United States Donald Trump, and Franch President Emmanuel Macron.

I would like our allies to confirm their willingness to maintain the trend that we set at the previous two NATO summits, President Andrzej Duda said in Brussels before a NATO meeting.

"Today it is the year 2022 rather than 2018 as far as the presence of NATO troops in Poland is concerned", President Andrzej Duda declared after a NATO meeting

"It is the year 2022 rather than 2018, so it is clear that the perspective is being moved in time since everybody is aware of the fact that this activity of the North Atlantic Alliance is necessary, that the security situation has been changing", President Duda said.

"This security and peace dividend - such is often the description used with regard to the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century - has already been exhausted. What we need today is a different outlook and in fact no one is questioning this. So I do not think - since there was not such an opinion - that we will witness either an end to mutual support or the withdrawal of forces which have come to the Baltic States, Poland and Romania", the president added.

In Brussels the president was accompanied by Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz and Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski. 
 
Source: PAP/President.pl

26.05.2017