The Warsaw Summit: NATO Prepared to Send Additional Troops to Poland
May 31, 2016: NATO Leaders Discuss How NATO Can Project More Stability and Continue to Assert Itself Against Russian AggressionJune 13th, 2016
As leaders of the NATO alliance prepare for the Warsaw Summit held on July 8-9th, the Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has given insight into new details on the potential deployment of troops to Poland. With the latest sign of increasing political instability in Eastern Europe, NATO plans to increase its military presence in the region. Additional battalions will be placed in the Baltic, and new deployments will be part of an international rotational effort.
NATO has justified its military buildup in the region as a defense mechanism against Russian aggression towards its European neighbors. Poland’s Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz put forward the proposal claiming that a bigger NATO presence in Poland would result in a greater sense of security for the country. Concerned with Russia’s continuous display of territorial aggression, Macierewicz is seeking a more profound and permanent NATO presence in the region.
Michael Turner, the US president of the alliance’s parliamentary assembly echoed Macierewicz concerns on Monday. Turner stressed that Russian aggression is real and should be taken with extreme seriousness. [It] has placed NATO in a position to consider further actions as aggressive and a potential threat to European security.
On Tuesday, Secretary- General Jens Stoltenberg said that the NATO summit comes at a “critical time” amid a “more assertive Russia, intimidating its neighbors, and changing borders by force.” Stoltenberg further added that NATO would not tolerate further aggression. As a result, NATO must adopt a policy based on a measured, political and military response. This response will involve the biggest reinforcement of a collective defense strategy implemented since the end of the Cold War.
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Cristina Stoica, CD News