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Polish President Duda in Bucharest: We are shattered by the tragic Colectiv accident, Poland to help with specialists

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said Tuesday in Bucharest that the fire that broke out at Colectiv club in Bucharest has shattered Poles, saying Poland is open to dispatching specialists doctors to a hospital at Siemianowice Slaskie to treat the injured.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis welcomed at the presidential Cotroceni Palace on Tuesday Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, who is paying an official visit to Romania.

The greeting ceremony took place on the official platform of Cotroceni Palace, where the Polish president inspected the Guard of Honour, after the Romanian and Polish anthems were played.

In a joint press statement with Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis, Duda said he wants to express regret over the fact that his visit happens after the tragic accident that occurred in Bucharest that left many young people dead, an event that shattered Poles and him personally. He said that he wanted to add more to his regret, namely to say that there are specialists at a hospital at Siemianowice Slaskie who can treat patients of such accidents and that can be of assistance. Duda said he is conveying to President Iohannis Poland’s openness to aid because Poland was shattered and aware of the fact that the lives of young people are very precious, and they have to help the best they can, said Duda.

President Duda arrived in Bucharest on Monday evening. From the airport he went directly to the scene of the Friday night’s fire in Bucharest, where he laid a bunch of red roses and lit a candle for the fire victims.


Duda, Iohannis co-chair summit meeting of Central and Eastern Europe

Duda and Iohannis are scheduled to co-chair a summit meeting of Central and Eastern Europe to be hosted on Wednesday by the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest.

NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, Hungarian President Ader Janos and Czech Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker Jan Hamacek will be the guests of Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who co-chairs the meeting alongside Polish President Andrzej Duda.Iohannis agreed on the summit meeting with then-president Bronislaw Komorowski, his Polish counterpart, during an official visit to Warsaw on March 12, 2015.

In August, Financial Times qualified the event in Bucharest as the first concrete signal of Eastern NATO members that they intend to lobby for an increased Allied presence in the region, on fears of increasing Russian aggression, Agerpres informs.

Also in August, President Duda stated in an interview that he does not want Poland to become a “buffer” between Russia and Germany. “NATO is supposed to be here to protect the Alliance. If Poland and other Central European countries are actually NATO’s flank, I think it’s natural, as a logical conclusion, to open bases in these countries,” he said.

In February, President Grybauskaite had announced that Lithuania will temporarily reinstate the compulsory military service, as Russia’s moves in the Baltic region raised worries. “The current geopolitical environment requires a consolidation and acceleration of army conscription,” she declared.

Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis proposed in August the building of a wall on the Russian border, to stop the flow of immigrants from Central Asia and the Far East.

Upon announcing the date of NATO’s Summit in Warsaw, the Alliance’s Secretary General Stoltenberg said in May that it will take place in a crucial period for NATO, when the tectonic plates of Euro-Atlantic security have shifted both in the East and the South. According to him, the summit is supposed to outline NATO’s adaptation to the new security environment, readying it to defend all its members against any threat.

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