Hungary, Poland safe thanks to cooperation - MoD

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Poland and Hungary could always count on each other, their current cooperation on the NATO and EU platform gives both countries a sense of safety, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Monday after talks with his Hungarian counterpart Tibor Benko.

On Monday, Blaszczak and Benko visited Skierniewice, a town in central Poland known as the receiving point for Hungarian ammunition sent to Poland to aid its war against the Soviet Union in 1920.

Recalling the 1920 events, Blaszczak said that without Hungary's support the Polish forces could not have stood up to the Red Army.

He also stated that Polish-Hungarian ties dated back several centuries, with both countries sharing many similar experiences over their history. In this context he mentioned the ties between Polish and Hungarian royalty, and the participation of Polish general Jozef Bem in battles of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.

Commenting on contemporary relations between Hungary and Poland, Blaszczak called them "very, very close," and said that cooperation in NATO and the EU gave both countries a sense of safety. He also mentioned his and Benko's signature of a bilateral agreement on cooperation between the special forces of both countries.

Benko confirmed the historical ties between Poland and Hungary, observing that by pooling forces Warsaw and Budapest were able to attain their goals.