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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

President's aide: US troops in Poland should be part of NATO's strategy

Poland wants the US troops' presence in Poland to be treated as part of the total NATO strategy, Polish President Andrzej Duda's top aide Krzysztof Szczerski said on Wednesday ahead of Andrzej Duda's Thursday's meeting with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Warsaw.

 

"We would like our entire region to benefit from this presence," Krzysztof Szczerski added.

 

As the head of the President's Office said, the Warsaw meeting of the President and the NATO secretary-general will be a continuation of their talks from last week on the sidelines of the summit of the presidents of the NATO's eastern flank countries in Kosice, Slovakia.

 

The topics of Thursday's Duda-Stoltenberg meeting will include summing up the 20 years of Polish presence in NATO, the alliance's 70th anniversary and its future, including the development of its presence on the eastern flank, Krzysztof Szczerski announced.

 

The two leaders will also discuss the NATO-EU relations in the context of European elections and a new staffing of EU institutions.

 

Asked whether the plans to strengthen the presence of US troops in Poland on a bilateral basis have aroused any concerns in NATO, Krzysztof Szczerski stressed that there were no "disturbing signals or anxieties" on the matter either from the allies or the NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

 

He pointed out that the model of the US troops' presence in Poland is already functioning and is only to be developed. "In Poland today we have American troops under the NATO flag and American troops under the American flag, we are only expanding this presence," he said. (PAP)

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