(DF) Chief of Polish Armed Forces General Staff Holds Talks in Sofia
December 14 (BTA) - Receiving the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, General Rajmund Andrzejczak, in Sofia Tuesday, Bulgaria's Chief of Defence, Admiral Emil Eftimov, said: "Boosting military cooperation between the Armed Forces of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Poland is important for the successful conduct of NATO and EU missions and operations in response to the common security and defence challenges. I am convinced that the participation of servicepersons from our two countries in [joint] military exercises is a suitable and efficient way of achieving that goal." The two military leaders met during Gen. Andrzejczak's official visit to Bulgaria on December 14-15, the Bulgarian Defence Ministry said. Adm. Eftimov expressed appreciation for Poland's support for the maintenance of Bulgarian armament and military equipment and Warsaw's readiness for future cooperation under various projects to develop the capabilities of the Bulgarian Armed Forces. He briefed his guest on opportunities for joint work under EU projects in the context of the Permanent Structured Cooperation, in which Bulgaria is a lead nation. Eftimov and Andrzejczak discussed the security environment in the Black Sea region and the development of the two countries' defence capabilities to ensure an adequate response to current and future defence challenges. According to Adm. Eftimov, cooperation in the Black Sea region and along the eastern flank of the EU and NATO is essential for tackling not only conventional risks but also new hybrid threats. He described the stability of the Western Balkans as crucial for security in the Euro-Atlantic zone. Gen. Andrzejczak also talked with Bulgarian Defence Minister Stefan Yanev. They looked at bilateral defence relations, the prospects for stepping up cooperation in military technology, and matters on the current security agenda of the region. On Wednesday, Yanev and Andrzejczak will be in the Black Sea city of Varna. They will lay wreaths at the tomb of Wladyslaw III Jagiello and will view an exposition highlighting a major battle for the liberation of Southeastern Europe in which the Polish-Hungarian king died in 1444. The official visit of the Polish guest will end at the Varna Naval School, where Gen. Andrzejczak will be familiarized with the curriculum and the opportunities for exchange of students under study programmes related to maritime security and defence. RY/VE // 15 Декември 2021, 08:00
Източник: BTA Free News
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