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Poland: Western Balkans EU accession is crucial for security – Polish FM04:19

Poland: Western Balkans EU accession is crucial for security – Polish FM

Poland, Poznan
July 4, 2019 at 20:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

The accession into the European Union of the Western Balkan states should be a top priority for the bloc in order to help it protect itself from external threats, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said during a press conference with fellow top dipolmats from Germany, Bulgaria and North Macedonia in Poznan on Thursday.

The minister, speaking at a two-day summit focussed on the prospect of the accession of the Western Balkan states, referred specifically to the apparent influence of Russia, Turkey and China, commenting that "this influence is not always desireable for us."

"We understand the meaning of the Western Balkans for the security of our continent," he said, adding that "the accession of the Western Balkans to the EU should be our strategic goal."

German Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth also voiced his support for the beginning of negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, which the EU Commission formally recommended in May.

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The accession into the European Union of the Western Balkan states should be a top priority for the bloc in order to help it protect itself from external threats, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said during a press conference with fellow top dipolmats from Germany, Bulgaria and North Macedonia in Poznan on Thursday.

The minister, speaking at a two-day summit focussed on the prospect of the accession of the Western Balkan states, referred specifically to the apparent influence of Russia, Turkey and China, commenting that "this influence is not always desireable for us."

"We understand the meaning of the Western Balkans for the security of our continent," he said, adding that "the accession of the Western Balkans to the EU should be our strategic goal."

German Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth also voiced his support for the beginning of negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, which the EU Commission formally recommended in May.

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