Defense ministers of Poland and Croatia met in Cracow
- I am very pleased that there are many issues which connect us and many areas in which we will cooperate. We are very grateful to host Croatian troops in our country.
Poland and Croatia have many historical ties and a long mutual history of cooperation, also we face a lot of work towards to reinforcing NATO and our defences against any aggression. We stand together and we shall undertake efforts to strengthen peace in Europe - said Minister of National Defense Antoni Macierewicz during a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Defense of Croatia, Damir Krstičević.
On Wednesday, 27th December Minister of National Defense Antoni Macierewicz met with his Croatian counterpart Damir Krstičević in Kraków.
The talks centered on boosting ties between the two countries as part of NATO as well as the Three Seas Initiative, which brings together 12 countries located between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas - Croatia participates in a battalion battle group stationed in Poland, we are very proud and very grateful for the presence of Croatian troops, which came from afar to us to defend NATO's Eastern Flank – said the Head of Polish MOD.
Some of the key areas of bilateral collaboration include future cooperation between Polish arms producer “Łucznik” and a Croatian gun manufacturer, as well as the participation of a Croatian contingent in NATO's Anaconda exercises in 2018 in Poland. - We talked about sending a joint invitation to other ministers of defense of our region to organize the international conference to evaluate the situation in this region of Europe. We also talked about our joint activities and how we could execute them in the future, especially in the defense industry. We have raised issues regarding the cooperation of Polish factories that produce rifles and Croatian gun manufacturer and we belief that such cooperation will be started probably in January 2018.
- We will have the honor to cooperate with the Croatian Army while the Polish Command of the VJTF in 2020, as well as during the upcoming Anaconda 2018 exercises. However, I would like to thank you very much for the participation of Croatian troops in both of these undertakings and thank you for your cooperation in the political initiatives.
Minister Macierewicz announced that a defence agreement would be signed between the two countries in the first few months of 2018 - There is no doubt that our alliance will be well strengthened by a defense agreement, which will be signed in the first quarter of 2018. [...]. Our cooperation will also be implemented under PESCO initiative, as part of permanent structural and defense cooperation of the European Union - we will probably focus on the initiative to strengthen small and medium enterprises of the defense industry. This is the initiative that Minister Damir Krstičević, went out, and Poland supports it - stressed Minister Macierewicz.
Minister of Defense of Croatia, Damir Krstičević, referred to Polish-Croatian cooperation and issue of joint initiative in the field of defense – First of all, I want to thank my friend from Poland Minister of National Defense Antoni Macierewicz, for the warm welcome. In this year it is our second meeting and it is a good symbol of our friendship and cooperation. Once again, I want to say that Poland is our friend. As already Minister Macierewicz mentioned Polish - Croatian agreement is in the last phase and it will be signed in the first quarter of 2018. I am glad that Croatian troops can be part of a battalion battle group in connection with the invitation of Poland. This is the opportunity to strengthen the interoperability of our Armed Forces, learn certain procedures, but also to increase the capabilities of the North Atlantic Alliance. I would like to thank Minister Macierewicz for the hospitality shown to our troops. I really hope that if Croatia tomorrow need such kind of support, Poland will help us and is our real friend.
At the end of the meeting the Head of Polish MOD emphasized – I want to thank you Mr. Prime Minister. I have no doubt that the great spirit that characterizes the Croatian nation caused that Croatian Forces are part of the Polish battle battalion group and I want to thank you for that. We will also send troops to participate in the military exercises in Croatia in October. The cooperation of Poland and Croatia will be a role model of cooperation and the countries of Black, Adriatic and Baltic Sea and also countries of the Three Seas Initiative will cooperate very well together. Once again thank you very much for today’s visit.