31 VIII 2017

Polish-British cooperation talks

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On Wednesday,  August 30th, Undersecretary of Ministry of National Defence Tomasz Szatkowski met with UK Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster.
zdjęcie - Polish-British cooperation talks
Photo: LT Robert Suchy

During the meeting Deputy Minister Szatkowski thanked Minister Lancaster for UK involvement in the implementation of the NATO Summit in Warsaw decisions, including the participation of the British company in the NATO battlegroup stationed in Poland.

The interlocutors positively assessed the cooperation in the framework of NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). This year the VJTF is led by the United Kingdom and the Polish Armed Forces assigned a component to them. In 2020 Poland will be the VJTF framework state and the British battalion will participate. Mr. Szatkowski expressed his hope for further deepening of the Polish-British cooperation in strengthening NATO's eastern flank and security in the region.
Ministers discussed issues related to the preparation of the new Polish-British Defence Cooperation Treaty. They also discussed further NATO military adaptation and matters related to the development of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), also in the context of the ‘Brexit’.

In the next part of the meeting they discussed the prospects for cooperation of the Polish Territorial Defence Forces with the Reserve Forces of Great Britain and cooperation  between special forces of both countries.
After the plenary talks, the ministers paid a visit to the NATO battlegroup in Bemowo Piskie where British soldiers serve. They also visited Multinational Division North-East  in Elblag formed as a part of NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP).

During his stay in Warsaw Minister Lancaster also met with Marek Magierowski the Undersecretary of State for Economic Diplomacy, American and Asian Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The visit to Poland is a part of the Minister Lancaster journey to the countries in which the British troops are deployed within the framework of the eFP. In next days he will also visit Ukraine.


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