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    President Andrzej Duda Meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

    President Andrzej Duda’s visit to Brussels marked the 25th anniversary of Poland’s NATO membership. During the meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, both leaders emphasized Poland’s crucial role in the alliance, particularly in bolstering security along the eastern flank.

    A Historic Milestone: Poland’s NATO Membership

    President Duda highlighted the significance of Poland’s NATO accession, stating that it positioned the country among the community of democratic nations in the West after three generations of waiting.

    Commitment to Security and Peace

    Acknowledging Poland’s commitment, President Duda emphasized its role as a guarantor of security, supporting neighboring countries and contributing to NATO missions.

    Advocating for Increased Defense Spending

    President Duda called on NATO members to raise defense spending to at least 3% of GDP, citing Poland’s own 4% expenditure. This plea aimed at enhancing collective security effectiveness.

    NATO’s Focus on the Ukrainian Conflict

    Secretary General Stoltenberg addressed the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, commending Ukraine’s resilience against Russian aggression and emphasizing the need for continued support, particularly in the form of military aid.

    Ukraine’s Struggle and NATO’s Response

    Stoltenberg highlighted Ukraine’s sacrifices and urgent need for additional support, stressing the critical role of timely assistance, especially amidst congressional deliberations.

    Poland’s Solidarity and Contribution

    Stoltenberg lauded Poland’s support for Ukraine, both militarily and in aiding refugees, underscoring Poland’s pivotal role in strengthening the alliance.

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