The Polish president Andrzej Duda has called Nato's invitation to Sweden and Finland a historic decision. Polish president Andrzej Duda made a statement on Wednesday at a Nato summit in Madrid. Turkey, initially opposed to Sweden and Finland joining Nato, agreed to their membership earlier in the day.
We have managed to maintain unity, Duda said. The North Atlantic Alliance is driven by solidarity.
He said that the green light for Sweden and Finland to join Nato was a historic moment from the point of view of the whole Alliance.
The invitation of the two Nordic countries was very important for Poland, according to Duda.
He said that it is an absolutely fundamental decision for us, for Poland, for our part of Europe and for the eastern flank of Nato.
Two very powerful states with great histories but also some very serious military capacities, Sweden and Finland, countries of the Baltic Sea basin, will be accepted into the North Atlantic Alliance, which basically means that the border of Nato's eastern flank, the border of the flank with Russia, will be extended by over 1,600 kilometres, Duda said.
Today, the Polish president said if Russia decided to attack Nato's eastern flank, the danger to Russia from Nato's defensive response is growing because more strong armies are joining the Alliance.