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Poland seeks NATO brigade group on its territory

Added 06-26-22 05:37:03am EST - “Poland seeks the deployment of a NATO brigade group on its territory amid its own military buildup” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Poland seeks NATO brigade group on its territory”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Poland is seeking to further increase NATO’s presence on its territory, Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has said. Warsaw wants a brigade group in addition to the troops already stationed there, he told Polska Times in an interview published on Saturday.

The security of NATO’s eastern flank has required “special attention for a long time,” Blaszczak, who is also Poland’s deputy prime minister, said. He also revealed that four new battalion groups are being formed to be sent to the region and potentially operate on territory stretching “from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea.” However, the minister believes that an additional buildup is needed.

“I can confirm that we’re advocating for the deployment of a brigade group in Poland within NATO structures,” he said. He also praised the US, saying Poland has been hosting an increasing number of American troops for years and “maintaining this permanent presence is one of my priorities.”

According to Blaszczak, the US is “the leading state in the NATO battle group” in Poland, and is helping to develop “the command structures of Poland’s land forces” on the basis of bilateral agreements. Warsaw is the largest host of NATO troops on the bloc’s eastern flank, he added.

Poland does not plan to rely only on foreign troops for security, but wants to increase the number of its own Armed Forces to 300,000, according to the minister. According to a report by British think tank IISS, in 2021, Poland’s Armed Forces included 114,050 active-duty personnel.

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