Poland needs more NATO troops: defence minister
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Speaking at the Saturday meeting of NATO’s Military Committee in Warsaw, Poland’s Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak appealed for more allied states’ troops in Poland, according to a report.
NATO's Military Committtee convenes in Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk
Błaszczak told the attendees: “[Poland sees] the possibility of boosting the military presence of the allied forces in [NATO’s] eastern flank,” Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
The step “would increase the credibility and effectiveness of the [alliance’s] deterrence and defence mission, becoming its integral part,” he said.
The United States is reviewing whether siting a permanent US base in Poland is a viable option, IAR said.
During last week’s meeting with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, President Andrzej Duda officially requested a permanent deployment of US troops to Poland.
Washington is a key military ally for Warsaw which, fearful of Russia, has been pressing for a permanent US base in Poland.
Over a thousand allied troops arrived in the country as a result of decisions taken at the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw.
The NATO Military Committee meets twice a year at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, and it also meets in an allied member country once a year.
Poland joined NATO in 1999.