Polish army, NATO eastern flank, dominate Polish-NATO talks

Boosting the Polish army and securing NATO's eastern flank dominated talks during the Polish president's Thursday meeting with the NATO chief who is visiting Poland.

Polish President Andrzej Duda and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg first sat down for a one-on-one before holding a plenary with National Security Bureau chief Paweł Soloch, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Duda's chief-of-staff Krzysztof Szczerski.

According to the president's office, the talks were a chance for summing up the implementation of decisions taken at a NATO summit in Warsaw last year, which included bolstering the alliance's eastern flank, and for planning next year's summit in Brussels.

The meeting also decided that the current security climate shows further, close Polish-NATO partnership and a permanent US military presence in Europe were needed.

Ties with Russia and terrorism were also discussed.

On Friday, Stoltenberg is expected to meet Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, and Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, and the US troops who have been stationed in Orzysz, northeastern Poland, since April.

“We will talk about security, about what is most important for Poland, about growing the Polish army, and also about how we imagine that NATO will be supporting us here the whole time,” Szydło earlier said.
 
 
Radio Poland
 
 
28.08.2017
 
 

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