President: Joining NATO confirmed Poland's sovereignty, independence
President Andrzej Duda said during a visit to the headquarters of the Multinational Corps Northeast in Szczecin, north-west Poland, that joining NATO confirmed Poland's sovereignty and independence, as well as its departure from the Russian sphere of influence.
The president also stressed that it signified Poland's entrance to the western circle.
The Polish head of state recalled that the treaty on Poland's admittance to NATO was signed in the US state of Missouri nearly 20 years ago - on March 12, 1999.
"I will not hesitate to say that generations of Poles had been waiting for this moment since the end of WWII. And one could also say today that many had sacrificed their lives for this moment," he stressed.
"Poland joining the alliance finally confirmed Poland's sovereignty and independence, as well as its departure from the Russian sphere of influence and entrance to the western geopolitical zone," he underlined.