Weimar Triangle security officials meet in Paris
National security heads of the Weimar Triangle comprising France, Germany and Poland met in Paris on Monday to discuss external threats to national security, EU defence policy and the upcoming NATO summit, Poland's National Security Office (BBN) has reported.
BBN head Stanislaw Koziej presented Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski's declaration that Poland would make efforts to boost its defence spending to the NATO-recommended level of 2 percent of the GDP, as reiterated during the recent Komorowski's meeting with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the BBN said in a statement on Monday.
Stanislaw Koziej stressed that Russia's activities threatened not only the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine, but also the political and legal order of Europe and the security of Central and Eastern Europe, according to the statement.
Consistent efforts on the part of NATO and the EU are required to contain Russia and support Ukraine's statehood, Koziej was reported to have said. The Weimar Triangle should play a key role in both processes, according to Koziej.
The BBN head also discussed Poland's priorities prepared for the NATO's September summit, including strengthening of the alliance's eastern foothold in the form of developing defence infrastructure, permanent NATO presence in the region and periodic update of contingency plans.
At a session devoted to the EU security and defence policy Koziej stressed that the EU should review the foundations of its defence policy and informed his interlocutors of the BBN-led strategic workshops held with the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia, the BBN reported.
The three officials also discussed issues related to the war in Syria and the security situation in the regions of the Sahel and North Africa, the security office added.
The consultations were organised at the initiative of France and were the first meeting of the Weimar Triangle security heads held in this format. The next such meeting will be organised by Germany in Berlin.