Historic threats to Poland are returning: president
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Threats that “enslaved” Poland for over 40 years are now returning, President Andrzej Duda warned at a meeting of regional leaders in the Czech capital on Tuesday.
Polish President Andrzej Duda in Prague
Duda and his counterparts from the Czech Republic and Hungary gathered to mark exactly two decades since their countries became members of NATO.
The admittance of the three nations to the alliance in 1999 was a landmark that sealed their military realignment with the West after decades under the Soviet yoke.
Duda said on Tuesday in the Czech capital: “Unfortunately, threats that enslaved us for over 40 years are today returning, in a slightly different form, but without a doubt they are coming back.”
The NATO anniversary celebrations in Prague were attended by Duda, the Czech Republic’s Miloš Zeman and Hungary’s János Áder.
Slovak President Andrej Kiska, whose country joined the Western military alliance in 2004, also took part.
Duda said on Monday that becoming a member of NATO 20 years ago definitively underlined Poland’s emergence from the Russian sphere of influence.