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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Reconciled to NATO?

WARSAW ( -- President Boris Yeltsin knows that NATO must be a major element of a new system of European security, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski said in a newspaper interview published Friday.

Kwasniewski met Yeltsin on Tuesday during a visit to Moscow and explained again why Poland aims to join NATO, while the Russian leader repeated his opposition to eastward expansion of the military alliance.

But Kwasniewski told the Polish leftist Trybuna daily: "Nobody today still has any illusions. In my view President Yeltsin knows, like other Eastern and Western politicians, that in building a new European security system NATO must be an important element."