NATO Secretary General visits Poland

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg started his two-day visit to Poland on Thursday by meeting with President Andrzej Duda in the Belweder Palace. The Zapad military exercises and the security of NATO's eastern flank were on the agenda.

NATO's Secretary General first met President Andrzej Duda for a one-on-one discussion, followed by a plenary meeting, where the president was joined by head of his cabinet, Krzysztof Szczerski, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and head of the National Security Bureau (BBN) Pawel Soloch.

Minister Soloch said that because of the Russian and Belarussian military exercises Poland expected NATO to demonstrate that "they are carefully watching the situation" to monitor whether the exercises "are exactly like the Russian official statements claim".

On Friday, Jens Stoltenberg met with foreign ministers of Poland, Romania and Turkey to discuss preparations for NATO Summit next year and reform of the Alliance’s command structure. “Poland, Romania and Turkey are leading countries that can serve as an example of cooperation in NATO, because we are fulfilling  our NATO obligations in an exemplary way,” said Poland’s top diplomat Witold Waszczykowski after a joint meeting of the foreign ministers with Jens Stoltenberg, who is visiting Warsaw at the invitation of the Polish foreign minister. “Our three countries are not only consumers of security but also providers of security,” he added.

While in Poland, Jens Stoltenberg also visited Orzysz, where NATO’s battalion-size battle group is stationed where he held joint press conference with Polish defence minister Antoni Macierewicz. Speaking to the media, Macierewicz thanked Stoltenberg for his "commitment to building NATO's eastern flank." He added that the NATO troop presence in Poland was largely a result of Stoltenberg’s personal determination. Troops from various NATO countries that are stationed in Poland as well as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia send the message that an attack on one member state will be treated as an attack against the entire alliance, according to Stoltenberg.

Source: Poland MFA Press Office, thenews.pl