21 November 2017

Defence Minister Macierewicz at the Halifax International Security Forum

On Saturday 18th November, Poland's Minister of National Defense Antoni Macierewicz took part in the Halifax International Security Forum. The Head of the Ministry of Defense was one of the participants of a panel devoted to Russia's influence on destabilization of the security of Europe.

The discussion was also attended by: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pawlo Klimkin, President of the Institute of Energy Policy Vladimir Milov and US Senator Jeanne Shaheen.


- Today in Ukraine we observe an open war. This is an aggression that breaks all the rules of the civilized world, breaks the international order in Europe and at the same time Russia openly says that has the right to change the systems and boundaries of the European countries. But that is not all, because the hybrid war, the teleinformatic war is not limited to Europe, but also occurs in the US and is conducted in a very aggressive and intense manner - said minister Macierewicz during a discussion about security threats in Europe.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin after he analyzed and assessed the security situation in Europe, especially in the eastern region and Ukraine, said: - Russian aggression would not be possible without international support. (...). Ukraine nation must receive support and technical background, as well as training. Our friends from Poland and US trained together with us and it is very important.

During the panel the issue of US contribution to Europe's stability and security was also discussed. Minister Macierewicz referred to the role of US troops stationed on the Eastern Flank. - We remember the words spoken by the President Trump on the square in Warsaw, where Warsaw Uprising insurgents fought.  The President of the United States said that US troops would always stay shoulder to shoulder with Poland, especially when any threat from the East would appear and art. 5 of the Washington Treaty will be respected.

Participating in the debate US Senator J. Shaheen emphasized that the United States provides a lot of support, ensuring safety on the Eastern Flank. USA also focuses their efforts on tasks that would make Ukraine independent. - Speaking of safety we all have to look in one direction - added Senator Shaheen.


During his stay in Canada, the Head of the Ministry of National Defense Antoni Macierewiczalso met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, United States Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Swiss Minister of Defense Guy Permelin.

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