Poland Ready to Defend Lithuania, Says President Duda

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.15 - 2024 12:41 PM CET

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Polish President Andrzej Duda has assured that Poland will come to Lithuania's aid if it faces an attack.

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Polish President Andrzej Duda has affirmed his country's commitment to Lithuania's security, stating that the Polish military would actively defend Lithuania should it come under attack.

In an interview with LRT, Polish President Andrzej Duda addressed the mutual commitment to defense under Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, which binds Lithuania and Poland as member states.

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"It is difficult for me to imagine a situation in which, in the event of an attack on Lithuania, it would not receive help from NATO, including from Poland. I mean military help. In short, the Polish military would defend of Lithuania. I can't imagine another option," Duda stated.

He acknowledged that there are scenarios that might not invoke Article 5, suggesting these should be handled through direct bilateral agreements between the nations for mutual support, but emphasized that these would not be military interventions.

"These issues should be resolved bilaterally between our countries, our governments, because we can agree on mutual support. I repeat: we are not talking about situations at the military level, only at the level of threat. These are two separate issues," said the Polish president.

Duda also noted that he considers the situation in Ukraine to be very difficult and called for "everything possible" to be done so that Kyiv can reclaim the Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia.

Last week, at a meeting in Vilnius with President Zelenskyi, Duda discussed the transfer of Soviet-era missiles for air defense systems from Poland to Ukraine.

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