US Congress Representatives at the Ministry of National Defence
The interlocutors discussed the unconstructive role of Russia consisting by exploiting conflicts all over the world for its own purposes, starting from the situation in Europe, among the tension associated with the planned exercise ZAPAD’17, through the wars in Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea.
The US side expressed its appreciation for Poland's involvement in NATO, both in terms of expenditure on own security (implementing the NATO budgetary criteria of 2% of GDP allocated to defense and 20% to the modernization of the armed forces, the establishment of territorial defense forces) as well as active proceedings at the Alliance's forum and the commitment to the eastern and southern flanks.
Minister Antoni Macierewicz expressed his gratitude for the dislocation of American Armored Brigade Combat Team in the area of the Republic of Poland and for the decision to join the NATO battalion battle group stationed in Orzysz, as a framework nation. Furthermore he emphasized the importance of Ukraine for the security of the whole of Europe and the Polish determination to support the independence and territorial integrity of the neighbor.