13 IV 2017

Welcome to the NATO Battalion Battlegroup

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– Today, soldiers from the United States, Great Britain and Romania, Polish soldiers and soon Croatian soldiers are standing here, symbolizing that freedom after years of waiting has come and this freedom is strong – said President Andrzej Duda during the welcome of the NATO Multinational Battle Group in Poland.
zdjęcie - Welcome to the NATO Battalion Battlegroup
Photo. ppor Robert Suchy/CO MON

On Thursday at the Tank Range of Wierzbina at the Polish Land Forces Training Center Orzysz, President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda participated in the welcome NATO Battle Group. The event was also attended by National Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, Chief of NATO Forces in Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti, and ambassadors and military representatives of the states whose forces are part of the Battle Group.

– As the President of the Republic of Poland, I am proud that Polish soldiers are part of a battle group led by Americans. I am proud they are a part of the battlegroup that is being formed in Latvia. I am very satisfied and I am proud to be part of the battle group that is being created under the Tailored Forward Presence in Romania – said President Andrzej Duda during the ceremony.

– NATO troops arrived in Orzysz to defend us and deter any enemy that could threaten Poland and our allies – said Antoni Macierewicz, head of the Ministry of National Defence during the NATO battlegroup welcome. He said that the presence in the battlegroup of the US, the UK and Romanian soldiers and soon Croatian was a good sign of our solidarity, cohesion and determination to defend the eastern flank of NATO.

– I am glad that this battlegroup, like the others, will be commanded by the North-East Multinational Division HQ in Elblag. This is an important part of the chain of command that will make NATO effective – said Minister Antoni Macierewicz.

– I deeply believe that we are allies forever, and I deeply believe that your presence here is permanent, as long as it will be needed – he said at the conclusion of his speech.

Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti spoke of the solidarity and determination – The deployment of NATO Battlegroup soldiers to Poland is proof of the Alliance's coherence and determination and a clear signal to potential aggressors. (...) The fact that allies from different countries enhance their presence is a proof of the Alliance's commitment to art. 5 of the Washington Treaty, which includes the principle that an attack against one of its allies is treated as an attack on all of them – said Supreme Allied Commander in Europe General Curtis Scaparrotti.

At the meeting, the Supreme Allied Commander for NATO Forces in Europe recognized Poland for its commitment to all those efforts aimed at stabilizing and ensuring peace, not only in Europe but also around the world.

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