Poland, Germany to cooperate in defence: Polish PM

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Poland, Germany to cooperate in defence: Polish PM

Warsaw: Poland and Germany will cooperate to enhance the protection of the European Union’s (EU) external borders and to promote European air defence, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said.

At a joint press conference with visiting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Tusk said on Tuesday that he was pleased to hear that Germany was ready to share the responsibilities for the protection of the EU’s eastern borders along with other EU member states.

According to the Polish Press Agency (PAP), Tuesday’s meeting at the Polish Prime Minister’s Office has been the first inter-governmental consultation since 2018, Xinhua news agency reported.

Tusk has recently announced a significant initiative to strengthen Poland’s border with Belarus and Russia, known as East Shield. Talks have been underway to integrate this effort with a similar project proposed by the Baltic states.

The East Shield project, in collaboration with the Baltic states, is an infrastructural one, designed to bolster the security of the European border, Tusk emphasised.

There is no doubt that it is also in the interest of Germany that the border can be protected effectively, the Polish Prime Minister added.

Tusk welcomed cooperation between Poland and Germany on bilateral solutions and the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI).

The ESSI, launched by Germany in August 2022, aims to bolster ground-based air defence across Europe.

At present, 21 countries participate in the initiative, according to PAP.

For his part, Scholz said: “We want to take a leadership role in the Baltic region within the framework of NATO and in protecting the eastern flank of the alliance.”

He added that Poland and Germany are among the countries providing the most support to Ukraine politically, militarily, and in terms of accepting refugees from the war-torn country.

Scholz also said that Germany “wants a strong Polish voice in Europe… but in order to shape a good future, a clear view of the past is needed”.

He added that the German Federal Cabinet has decided to create a memorial in Berlin for the Polish victims of the Second World War and the Nazi occupation.

 


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