Following last Sunday’s visit to Estonia, President Andrzej Duda arrived in Berlin on Friday early afternoon to discuss with German leaders a policy regrading the conflict in Ukraine and next year’s NATO summit.
“I will talk about how to effectively make permanent peace in Ukraine happen,” Duda said on Wednesday adding that another subject he would like to raise is a stronger presence of NATO in Poland and its eastern flank. “NATO is supposed to be here to protect the alliance . . . If Poland and other central European countries constitute the real flank of NATO, then it seems natural to me, a logical conclusion, that bases should be placed in those countries,” the president pointed out a few days ago.
Around one PM Duda met with its German counterpart, Joachim Gauck and will be meeting chancellor Angela Merkel later.
Minister of the Chancellery of the President, Krzysztof Szczerski said that Duda’s visit to Berlin will be the beginning of the Polish-German dialog during his tenure in office. “This is the first important signal, saying that the president wants to sustain this dynamics [of mutual relations] and to enhance Polish-German contacts,” he explained.