Bucharest Nine evaluates Russian Zapad exercise

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 11.10.2017 10:27

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said on 9 October during a meeting of the so-called Bucharest Nine that NATO should adopt a new security approach to be able to face potential threats at all its borders and evaluated the Russian Zapad 2017 exercise.

The Bucharest Nine is a group of nine states - the V4, the Baltic States and Romania and Bulgaria - which was established in 2014. The countries' Foreign Ministers discussed the coordination of NATO, EU and OSCE activities to address current security challenges while identifying areas for further security cooperation. The main topic was the Russian-Belarussian Zapad 2017 military exercise which took place in September. According to Poland, the exercise destabilised the region, but the Polish FM was not able to give more precise information. Poland, like the Baltics, saw the Russian demonstration of power as a security threat and feared a possible clash on the Alliance's eastern borders. Waszczykowski also added that NATO should adopt a two-sided policy towards Russia - try to establish continual dialogue with Moscow in addition to increasing the defence capabilities of Alliance members. This indirectly referenced the ineffective NATO-Russia Council which was frozen for two years after Russia's annexation of Crimea and its operation was only restored last year.

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