Polish President Duda: Georgians, we are waiting for you in the EU and NATO

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Polish President Andrzej Duda took part in the celebrations honoring Georgia’s independence anniversary on Wednesday.

Duda started his speech by referencing the words of former Polish President Lech Kaczyński from 13 years ago in Tbilisi.

“Today Georgia, tomorrow Ukraine, the day after tomorrow the Baltic States, and then, perhaps, the time will come for my country, Poland,” Kaczyński had said in context of the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia.

Duda had emphasized that it cannot be permitted for a country in the 21st century to conduct imperial policy without respect for international law. He pointed to caring for the strength of international institutions and supporting international solidarity as a way of counteracting such aggression.

“This is why I am here with you today, and I would like to reiterate that there is enough room in Untied Europe and NATO to fit our friends from Eastern Europe; Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova. Especially in face of the current situation, the open-door policy of the EU and NATO must be maintained,” he said.

The president stressed that “Georgians have a stalwart ally in Poles and Poland who will stand behind Georgia using all means possible and will support Georgia’s integration with Euro-Atlantic structures.”