IN OUR STRATEGIC PLANS, MEMBERSHIP IN THE European Union and NATO form the two aspects of a fully integrated model. It is not advisable, therefore, to be too dismissive of the West's propositions on this matter. It would also be wrong to let ourselves be persuaded that some kind of trade-off between NATO membership and deferred entry into the EU is possible. On the other hand, it is obvious that to try to finalize both processes concurrently ... would lead to the anchoring of Poland in a solid security system being greatly delayed.

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