Joint Statement on U.S. – Poland Strategic Dialogue – United States Department of State

The text of the following statement was issued by the Governments of the United States and the Republic of Poland on the occasion of the US-Poland Strategic Dialogue.

The governments of the United States and Poland held the 15th session of the US-Poland Strategic Dialogue on April 22, 2024 in Washington. The strategic talks took place one year after the previous session in Warsaw and two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion. Ukraine.

The dialogue focused on shared values ​​and interests, reaffirming the strong, stable, and comprehensive bilateral cooperation between the United States and Poland. The dialogue’s working groups discussed regional security and collective defence; political-military issues; energy security including nuclear energy cooperation; economic prosperity; and renewing democracy and the rule of law domestically and regionally in Eurasia.

The United States and Poland reiterate our unwavering commitment to defend every inch of NATO territory. We discussed security arrangements in NATO’s eastern flank and developing further capabilities and forces that will strengthen NATO’s interoperability, readiness and modernization. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defence, particularly in light of the latest NATO airspace violations.

The United States congratulates Poland on the 25th anniversary of its recent accession to NATO on March 12, which was marked by the historic visit of President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Donald Tusk to the White House, which marked the anniversary of NATO and democratic Strengthens our shared commitment to values. It underlines. Both sides look forward to the NATO Washington Summit in July 2024, which will mark 75 years of the most successful and enduring alliance in history and reaffirm the Allies’ unity in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. The United States welcomes Poland’s leadership and commitment to strong defense spending – at a level equivalent to four percent of Polish GDP – and its ongoing efforts to modernize its military, including purchasing state-of-the-art military equipment from the United States. Foreign military financing also includes the use of loans. and Technology. Both sides want to further strengthen defense industrial cooperation.

The United States and Poland are committed to ensuring that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine remains a strategic failure. We reaffirmed our support for Ukraine’s self-defense, humanitarian relief efforts, and Ukraine’s economic recovery. The United States and Poland will continue to cooperate closely with allies and partners in support of Ukraine’s efforts to repel Russian aggression and win the war. We reiterate our commitment to continue joint efforts to meet Ukraine’s critical energy security needs. The United States supports Poland’s long-term bilateral military assistance to Ukraine, including the signing of the G7 Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine, Poland’s commitment to negotiate a bilateral security agreement with Ukraine, and Poland’s close coordination with the EU on Ukraine. With welcomes Polish financial. and material contributions to EU support to Ukraine. The United States appreciates the continued strong support of Poland and Polish society for Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees, who have welcomed nearly one million people into their homes. Similarly, Poland appreciates the strong US support for Ukraine and US leadership in assisting in Ukraine’s defense. Both sides underline the need to secure sustainable financial and military support for Ukraine. Both welcomed European Parliament elections and recent efforts to protect European states from Russian influence campaigns that seek to undermine trust in democracy.

We are determined to impose economic sanctions to increase the costs on Russia while waging war against Ukraine. We will continue to consult and cooperate on further restrictive measures against Russia and Belarus, both bilaterally and within other formats such as the G7+. To strengthen the sanctions regime targeting Russia, we are committed to identifying and tracking sanctions avoidance practices in third-country jurisdictions, particularly Belarus, that allow Russia to evade sanctions. and provides support as a logistical base for Russian activities in Ukraine. By imposing further restrictive measures and ensuring their implementation, we continue to demonstrate to Russia, its supporters, and other potential aggressors that starting a war is not only morally wrong, but also has economic consequences. We will stand together against Russia’s efforts to destroy the rules-based international order.

The U.S.-Polish economic and trade partnership is strong, resilient, and expanding. The United States and Poland seek to strengthen cooperation on energy security, increase bilateral and transatlantic trade and investment, and improve supply chain resilience in key sectors. Our governments welcome deeper collaboration with the private sector to strengthen commercial ties, promote economic prosperity, and address collective challenges.

Participants in the dialogue discussed the urgent energy security concerns and the imperative of transition to clean, secure and sustainable energy to address the climate crisis. The United States and Poland reaffirmed their readiness to further develop our already strong cooperation in the civil-nuclear energy sector. Participants welcomed the progress by the US-led consortium under our intergovernmental agreement to advance the construction of the first large nuclear power plant in Poland and the Polish consideration of future sites to develop further reactor projects. Participants also noted efforts for private sector participation to develop and deploy other advanced technologies, particularly small modular reactors, under the highest standards of nuclear safety, security, and nonproliferation, including with the support of the State Department’s Project Phoenix. Is included.

Participants welcomed the recent launch of the Polish-US Regional Clean Energy Training Center, which can contribute to the development of the skills and qualifications of the Polish workforce necessary for the successful implementation of Polish nuclear energy projects. The United States and Poland to work together to encourage partners in the region to follow Poland’s example in diversifying Europe’s natural gas supply and reducing dependence on Russian fossil fuels as part of the clean energy transition Intend to continue.

Both sides also discussed the importance of enhancing cooperation in the field of innovation and technology and secure 5G networks and telecommunications infrastructure. Participants welcomed opportunities for further engagement on robust, transparent investment screening to protect sensitive assets from potential national security risks that may arise as a result of some foreign direct investments. Given the rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape, the United States and Poland continue to strengthen and expand cooperation in cybersecurity in bilateral and multilateral formats and fora, including cross-agency cyber consultations.

The United States and Poland reiterated their deep commitment to protecting and promoting democracy, the rule of law, and human rights, including support for civil society. The two sides discussed their concerns about deepening authoritarianism in Russia and Belarus and their shared commitment to the human rights of people facing repression. The United States and Poland reaffirmed their commitment to expand cooperation to counter the malign influence of foreign state-sponsored information manipulation based on common approaches such as dedicated strategies, joint initiatives, and multilateral engagement.

The two sides also exchanged views on the current situation in the Indo-Pacific region and the growing challenges facing the region, especially those undermining the rules-based international order. Faced with those challenges, we reaffirm our commitment to working with our partners in the region and beyond.

The 15th US-Poland Strategic Dialogue was hosted by the US State Department and included inter-agency and inter-ministerial representatives from both governments. Polish Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Robert Kupicki and US State Department Counselor Derek Chollet jointly opened the Strategic Dialogue, which was attended by representatives of the Polish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defense. From the US side, representatives from the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, and Energy participated.

Both sides expressed keen interest in deepening the bilateral strategic partnership in the coming year and through future strategic dialogues. We aim to hold the next annual meeting in Warsaw in early 2025.