Economic cooperation and security issues
The talks concerned security, including energy security, as well as bilateral relations and current economic cooperation between Poland and the United States. During the talks, they raised, inter alia, the issue of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project – a gas connection between Russia and Germany through the Baltic Sea. The United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed, inter alia, that Poland and the USA together are opposed to the Nord Stream II project. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the issue of strengthening economic cooperation and expanding American investment projects in Poland as well as defence industry cooperation, and strengthening the defence of American troops in the NATO’s Eastern Flank.
The visit confirms the interest in the United States in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. Secretary Rex Tillerson emphasised during today’s talks the importance of the Three Seas Initiative for the American policy, about what we are very happy – said Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister Jacek Czaputowicz at the press conference.
The stationing of American soldiers int the territory of our country gives the Poles a sense of security, for which we are grateful. We want this presence to become larger and permanent – stressed the head of Polish diplomacy.
He added that Poland appreciates the involvement of American companies in the process of modernising the Polish Armed Forces and expressed his hope that the ongoing talks on the systems of the Polish Army rearmament will be finalised soon. He also stressed that Poland hopes on increasing economic cooperation with the United States, while mutual cooperation between Poland and the United States gives Polish companies access to modern technologies and contributes to the development of innovation.
Energy stability of Europe
The topic of the talks was also the issue of energy. We share a view of a need to diversify energy supplies to Europe, inter alia, through the export of American liquefied LNG gas, as well as the development of energy projects, also within the wider framework of the Three Seas Initiative – said Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz.
Poland presented criticism of the Nord Stream 2 project as a means of exerting geopolitical pressure in this region of the world. We will ask our American allies for support in this respect – said the head of Polish diplomacy.
United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed that
Poland and the USA together are opposed to Nord Stream II, which undermines the overall security and energy stability of Europe, providing Russia with one more tool to politicise the energy industry. Our opposition is based on the joint strategic interest. We deeply believe that Poland, which has resources together with Europe to diversify its energy resources, is very important for the long-term security of Europe. That is why we support initiatives to develop interconnectors, in order to achieve this goal – stressed the head of American diplomacy.
Close ties between Poland and the United States
United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Poland was a very important ally for the United States and congratulated Poland on the fact that it had already reached its commitment of 2% GDP expenses for defence.
The head of MFA, Jacek Czaputowicz expressed the willingness to cooperate in the UN Forum and mentioned in this context that as from 1 January 2018 Poland is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. He also pointed out that the visit of the American head of diplomacy is in a certan way symbolic as it is held in the year of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland. Finally, he also expressed hope for further strengthening of bilateral relations between both countries.
The United States Secretary of State flew to Warsaw on Friday, straight from the World Economic Forum in Davos. In addition to Paris, London and Swiss Davos, Poland became one of the destinations to be visited by the head of American diplomacy in Europe. The visit of the head of American diplomacy, Rex Tillerson, to Poland is held on the initiative of the United States.