“We believe that the measures we are taking with respect to the possible stationing of US troops in Poland in a larger capacity help to strengthen the security of our country, of the entire region and of the entire North Atlantic Alliance,” underscored Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday.
The meeting at NATO Headquarters with Polish Foreign Minister, who was accompanied by the head of the National Security Bureau Paweł Soloch and Deputy Minister of Defence Tomasz Szatkowski, was dedicated to key issues on the North Atlantic Alliance’s current work agenda. The Polish side informed NATO Secretary General about Polish-US cooperation concerning enhanced presence of US troops in Poland. “We want this process to be transparent. We want the Allies to be informed about our efforts and to explain our intentions to them,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. The chief of diplomacy also briefed his interlocutor about talks which are underway between the Polish and US side regarding this matter. “I underlined that US troops are stationed in Poland pursuant to an agreement signed in 2008. US troops are permanently stationed in Redzikowo, and 3000 Americans are stationed on a rotational basis in our country,” said the minister and stressed the significance of the Polish initiative for enhancing collective defence in the framework of the North Atlantic Alliance.
The process of adapting the defence capabilities of Allied States to existing challenges and threats was also discussed. From the point of view of Poland’s security interests, it is the most significant process which aims to enhance the security of Member States and stability along NATO borders. The interlocutors also agreed to the need to continue effective implementation of strategic decisions adopted by NATO at its summits in Warsaw (2016) and Brussels (2018) with concrete measures.
NATO-EU cooperation in the light of the new European security initiatives was also discussed at the meeting. The Polish side observed that every initiative aimed at enhancing the defence capabilities of European states will yield positive results provided that its guiding principle, as it has been so far, will be harmonious and complementary NATO-EU cooperation and close security cooperation in the transatlantic dimension. “The idea is to make European defence initiatives complementary to NATO. Strong transatlantic ties are in our interest and on this point, the Secretary General and I agree,” the MFA chief explained.