Warsaw, 9 May 2023 (TDI): Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak declared that Canada is a dependable friend and partner and was the first nation that endorses Poland’s membership in NATO.

Blaszczak emphasized during a joint press briefing that our two nations cooperate to ensure the security of Europe.

He mentioned that Canadian soldiers are conducting operations on Polish soil and that technological and strategic cooperation has improved the relationship between the two nations.

Blaszczak stated, “I would like to congratulate Minister Anand for her support for Ukraine, with a war raging immediately behind our eastern border.

He complimented the Canadian Minister for taking such a clear stance on supplying Ukraine with Leopard tanks.

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The Minister of National Defence also quoted President Lech Kaczynski’s remarks from the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008.

At that moment, Lech Kaczynski is credited with saying, “We know perfectly well that today it is Georgia, tomorrow it will be Ukraine, the following day it will be the Baltic states, and then maybe it will be my home nation, Poland.”

Moreover, the conversation between the two ministers showed the close relationship between Canada and Poland, based on shared values, such as democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

The deputy prime ministers also discussed enhancing economic and trade relations between Canada and Poland.

The conversation between the two ministers focused on the commitment of both countries to NATO, the importance of collective defense, and the need to strengthen economic and trade relations between Canada and Poland.

The discussion also highlighted the contribution of Poland to the eFP Battlegroup in Latvia, which plays a crucial role in deterring aggression and ensuring the security of NATO member states in the region.

Canada and Poland have an extended record of working together and long-standing relationships. The two countries collaborate in various areas, including defense, trade, and people-to-people ties.

The countries are both NATO allies and have cooperated on military operations, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. The two countries have strengthened their defense cooperation in recent years through joint military exercises and training.