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New NATO chief to discuss rapid reaction forces in Warsaw

October 06, 2014, 9:17 UTC+3 WARSAW
Jens Stoltenberg's talks with Bronislaw Komorowski will focus on activities aimed at strengthening the eastern flank through permanent presence of forces at drills in bordering countries
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WARSAW, October 6. /TASS/. NATO’s new Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is set to discuss strengthening the alliance’s eastern flank and developing rapid reaction forces during the talks with Poland’s leadership in Warsaw on Monday.

Stoltenberg, former Norwegian prime minister, is due to meet with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, NATO said in a statement.

The new chief of the North Atlantic Alliance is also expected to visit Lask Air Base, where NATO soldiers are involved in operations.

Former head of Poland’s National Security Bureau, Stanislaw Koziej, said the NATO chief and Komorowski are set to discuss the outcome of the September summit of the alliance in Newport, Wales.

In particular, the talks will focus on activities aimed at strengthening the eastern flank through permanent presence of forces at drills in bordering countries, establishing rapid reaction forces and expanding infrastructure for shifting the troops.

“No doubt, an important issue is suspension of tendencies aimed at reducing defense budgets in Europe. Besides, we think, the most essential issue is strengthening trans-Atlantic ties,” Koziej said.

“We expect that Secretary Stoltenberg, as the former prime minister of Norway, understands well the treats that Eastern Europe is facing,” Poland’s Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said.

By visiting Poland, which also hosts the next summit of the alliance in 2016, Stoltenberg stresses that “the east for NATO is most important now,” Siemoniak said.

At the summit in Wales in September, NATO member states agreed to conduct the rotation of additional military troops of the alliance in Poland and other Baltic states without creating permanent bases on their territories.

The alliance also agreed to establish a new 10,000 strong rapid deployment force capable of being deployed at any part of the world within two to five days.

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