President meets NATO secretary general
Threats resulting from Russia's aggression on Ukraine have become a lasting phenomenon, President Bronislaw Komorowski said Thursday in Warsaw after talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
According to Bronislaw Komorowski, the situation called for standing NATO presence in Poland.
President Komorowski told a press conference held together with Stoltenberg that NATO reacted appropriately to Russia's attack on Ukraine, but warned that the resulting threats were becoming permanent, which called for "more far-going and ambitious" action. In this context the president reiterated Poland's hopes for the replacement of the current rotational presence of NATO forces in Poland by a standing presence.
Komorowski stressed that the change in the security situation called for steps towards a new NATO military strategy.
"The situation has changed in character, this is not a temporary worsening of the security environment but clearly a phenomenon which shows signs of permanence. This calls for (...) much more far-going and ambitious steps in the run-up to the (NATO - PAP) summit in Warsaw. Poland upholds its expectations that with joint effort the rotational presence of allied forces (...) on our territory, which we value highly, will be replaced by a permanent presence", Bronislaw Komorowski said.
The president also reminded about next year's NATO summit in Warsaw and expressed hope that it will result in the further strengthening of NATO's eastern flank.
Stoltenberg, in Poland for the Noble Jump exercise in west Poland involving the recently-formed NATO spearhead force, said that NATO was prepared to defend all its members against any threats and stressed that Poland played a key role in the Alliance. (PAP)