Polish defence minister to lead meeting of Bucharest Nine on Thursday

The subject for discussion among the defence ministers of the Bucharest Nine countries making up the eastern flank of NATO will be their contribution to increasing the alliance's defence and deterrence capacity. The meeting will be led by Mariusz Błaszczak.

This will be the second meeting of the defence ministers of the Bucharest Nine countries. The defence ministers of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia and will travel to Warsaw for the sitting. The first meeting of this group was held in Warsaw in 2014.

Poland's Ministry of National Defence announced on Wednesday that "the ministers will discuss the possibilities of a joint contribution to improving the alliance's deterrence and defence capacity, in line with the 360-degree principle, or in all strategic directions," especially in the fields of planning, the command chain in the region, ensuring forces of appropriate readiness and also support for alliance partner countries.

Another subject for discussion will be cooperation possibilities within the framework of EU initiatives such as the PESCO permanent cooperation mechanism, the European Defence Fund and military mobility. The meeting will fall on the 70th anniversary of the signing in Washington of the treaty which established NATO.

At the end of February, in Kosice, Slovakia, a Bucharest Nine summit was held in which Polish President Andrzej Duda took part. The meeting of heads of state was devoted to the security situation in the region and hybrid threats and was also attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.