NATO Secretary General praises Poland’s support for Ukraine

  • 15 Feb. 2023 -
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  • Last updated: 15 Feb. 2023 16:31

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Poland’s commitment to the Alliance and for its support to Ukraine, during a visit by President Andrzej Duda to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (15 February 2023).

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with Andrzej Duda, President of Poland

The Secretary General stressed that Poland contributes significantly to NATO. “You host one of NATO’s battlegroups, you spend well over 2% of your GDP on defence, and invest in new modern capabilities,” he said. They discussed Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine and NATO’s continued strengthening of deterrence and defence, in response to the biggest security crisis in a generation. The Secretary General highlighted that NATO’s strong presence in Poland helps to deter aggression. “Together, we send a clear message, so there can be no room for miscalculation in Moscow. NATO will defend every inch of Poland. And of the whole Allied territory.”

The Secretary General commended Poland for playing a leading role in continuing the efforts to provide aid to Ukraine, with significant military equipment and training, as well as humanitarian and economic aid. They also discussed the role of Belarus in Russia’s war, as Belarus continues to host and support Russian forces while deepening its political and military integration with Russia. “We call on Belarus to end its complicity,” said the NATO Secretary General.