Polish president asks “NATO” to increase readiness in Eastern Europe

Polish President Andrzej Duda discusses the migrant crisis at his country’s borders with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, and the US National Security Adviser welcomes strengthening the alliance’s “deterrence position” against Belarus.

  • Polish President Andrzej Duda

Polish President Andrzej Duda called on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to raise the readiness of NATO forces on the eastern side.

“I proposed to the Secretary-General to increase the readiness of NATO forces in this part of Europe – on the eastern side of NATO,” Duda said after meeting with Stoltenberg in Brussels, today, Thursday.

For his part, Stoltenberg said that Poland is dealing with the migration crisis at its borders on its own without the direct participation of “NATO”, adding that the allies “are in solidarity with Poland and are ready to consider providing support if Poland requests it.”

Duda indicated that he did not see an immediate military threat due to the migration crisis at the border with Belarus.

And the Chief of Staff of the Belarusian Army Viktor Golevich had said, earlier, that the army plans next year to increase the pace of combat training, develop reconnaissance and intelligence activity to “prevent a surprise attack” on his country.

Washington renews its support for Warsaw

In a related context, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan assured his Polish counterpart of the United States’ “strong” support for Poland in the crisis with Belarus, over the migrants stranded at the two countries’ borders.

In a telephone conversation with the Director of the Polish National Security Office Pavel Soloch, the US Assistant to the President said that “bilateral cooperation is strong on defense issues,” welcoming the efforts made to “strengthen the deterrent position of NATO,” according to the statement.

After Sullivan confirmed Washington’s support for Poland “in the face of the actions of the Belarusian president’s regime,” as he put it, the two officials exchanged views on Russia’s military activities near Ukraine, according to the statement.


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