Polish Prime Minister: NATO is the strongest alliance in history
Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki told the Spring Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Warsaw, that NATO was the strongest alliance in history. "Our task is to show the world that it is a coherent union of 29 states ensuring security to its members."
The Polish PM declared that Poland treated its obligations very "seriously".
"We want to and we will continue and develop cooperation within the alliance, with its end results being security and unprecedented solidarity," he said.
"Like no one else, Poland understands the need for unity and solidarity. We know from past experience, that only mutual and supranational cooperation can make it possible to defend oneself more effectively against an aggressor. Alone, we are doomed to fail," he went on to say.
The Polish prime minister stressed that the NATO Parliamentary Assembly "is an emanation of the freedom of parliamentarism and democratic control over the state's security."
"NATO is the strongest alliance in history, with unity and solidarity being its trademarks and greatest values. We know that in being together, we are more secure."
The Polish official underlined that in order to meet the challenges to the stability of our democracies and prosperity of our people, the alliance must be more active, effective and ready to answer them.
According to Morawiecki, the condition of the current security environment is not optimistic. "It is visible here, in Warsaw. Poland neighbours a country, which has recently committed an unprecedented act of aggression - and a state, which has become the victim of this aggression," Morawiecki said, adding that the security situation around the alliance had not been the same since the annexation of Crimea.
He also expressed his opinion that NATO should focus on hybrid war issues, especially in the field of cyberspace, which "is an instrument of a modern warfare."
"The historic decision to deploy NATO forces in our region was correct. We are grateful to our NATO allies for their commitment," Morawiecki remarked.
"Since the annexation of Crimea, the situation around NATO borders is not the same. The current state of security shows that the historic decision to deploy NATO forces in our region was correct," he went on to say.
The prime minister recalled that he had recently visited a NATO brigade in Orzysz (north-eastern Poland) and met Polish troops, as well as allied soldiers from Romania, Croatia, the US and Great Britain. He also stressed that Polish troops were stationed in Latvia and Romania. "Despite the difficult situation in our neighbourhood, we commit ourselves to stabilising other regions. We are shoulder to shoulder with you, in Afghanistan, Iraq and in the Mediterranean Sea," he said.
Referring to the forthcoming NATO summit in July, the PM emphasised that "it is our task to show the entire world that NATO is a coherent union of 29 countries, assuring security to its members, and an organisation committed to building global stability."
The Polish prime minister also stressed that Nord Stream 2 "is a threat to Europe's energy security and solidarity." He added that Poland supported investments, but not at the expense of security.
"This is a new hybrid weapon, directed against the EU and NATO, this is a poison pill of European security, which can have far-reaching consequences," he explained."
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly was set up in 1955 to strengthen relations between allies and promote parliamentary democracy, market economy and parliamentary control over the armed forces and security policy.