Talks on Cooperation and Security
On 5th December Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Defense Dominik Smyrgała received the Romanian delegation headed by the adviser of the President of Romania for national security, Gen. Ion Oprişor. Gen. Ion Oprişor paid an official visit at the invitation of Paweł Soloch the Head of the National Security Bureau.
The interlocutors positively assessed implementation of the decisions of the NATO Summit in Warsaw, referring both to the northern and southern part of the Eastern Flank, also pointing that more actions are necessary for further adaptation of the Alliance to new the threats.
In the context of the reconstruction of elements of NATO's Command Structure, Undersecretary of State in the MOD Smyrgała stressed the need to strengthen the Alliance's commanding capabilities.
Ministers also discussed issues related to the EU's defense , including PESCO Initiative. The parties expressed their satisfaction with the growing defense cooperation within the "Bucharest Format", the so-called B9 Format (countries of the Visegrad Group, Baltic States, Romania and Bulgaria). They agreed that the meeting of defense ministers in Bucharest, planned for March 2018, organized by Poland and Romania, will be a great opportunity to ensure a coherent region’s position before the NATO Summit in Brussels in July. Another topic of the conversation was the European security situation, especially considering the threats coming from the East.
In addition, both Ministers favorably appraised the level of bilateral relations in the field of defense. They underlined the importance of Polish-Romanian strategic partnership for the security of our region. Deputy Minister Smyrgała maintained the will to intensify bilateral cooperation, indicating the areas of its possible development, including military education.