While in Poland, from 3 to 5 October 2022, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, met with Polish Defense Chief General Rajmund Andrzejczak and visited a key logistics hub to coordinate aid to Ukraine. He then joined NATO International Military Staff Director General Lt. Gen. Janusz Adamczak at the Warsaw Security Forum.
With General Andrzejczak in charge of processing military equipment and capabilities received from allies and partner nations to support Ukraine’s war effort, Admiral Bauer toured a logistics hub in southeastern Poland. Admiral Bauer praised General Andrzejczak and the Polish authorities for “all this support and coordination to Ukraine, as well as the tremendous leadership shown by the political and military authorities.”
Admiral Bauer jointly attended the Warsaw Security Forum with the Director General of the NATO International Military Staff, Lt. Gen. Janusz Adamczak. The forum aims to provide a platform for security experts to discuss transatlantic cooperation, shared responses to shared challenges, with an emphasis on the security of Central and Eastern Europe.
Speaking in a panel discussion on “Lessons Learned from Ukraine and Future Perspectives,” Lt. Gen. Adamczak shared his thoughts on Russia’s war in Ukraine, its impact on human security, and NATO’s ongoing response, particularly recent measures to ensure protection. of all NATO Allies, through strong deterrence and defense postures as well as capability development.
In his first speech, Admiral Bauer acknowledged the strategic relevance of the Black Sea region for NATO, especially in terms of freedom of navigation, energy security and sea lanes of communication. “The Black Sea region is the intersection of the lines of communication between Europe and the Middle East, from the Eastern Balkans to the South Caucasus. The security of these lines of communication is crucial for trade and prosperity in the region and beyond, which is why the Allies are actively cooperating in the region”, he underlined.
Speaking on the ongoing Ukrainian war, Admiral Bauer noted that “Russia has not achieved any of its strategic objectives in Ukraine. The Russian military has not achieved naval or air superiority in the Black Sea as it claims. With the support of many allies, it faces intense pressure from the Ukrainian armed forces and its people.” So Russia has already lost this war strategically, but we need to be vigilant and prepare for Russia’s response when it becomes apparent.
Meeting with Allied and Partner Defense Staff representatives, Admiral Bauer reiterated the importance of implementing the recent decisions taken at the Madrid Summit, particularly focusing on strengthening NATO’s engagement and cooperation with partners. “There are many nations, free and democratic, that will stand at any cost to defend the rules-based international order. That is why NATO will continue to support Ukraine as long as necessary. Their values are our values. Their freedom is our freedom. Even though winter is coming, our support will remain unwavering”, he concluded.