Missiles, Warplanes, Troops: Poland To Be NATO Regional Bulwark
Xinhua News Agency
April 29, 2014
Poland to be regional leader in NATO: defense minister
WARSAW: Poland will play the role of a regional defence cooperation leader in NATO, the country’s Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told journalists on Monday.
According to Siemoniak, the point is to have a stable NATO and U.S. infrastructure in Poland, such as an anti-missile system in Redzikowo or joint Polish-U.S. Aviation Detachment bases in Lask.
According to Siemoniak, the next NATO summit, to be held in Newport, south Wales in early September, was planned to answer what the alliance would look like once the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan ended.
The minister added that the answer found was that NATO would have to be capable of countering a threat in Europe.
This must be a strong defence alliance prepared for fending off an attack on its members, the minister said.
April 28, 2014
Poland Demands A Stable Structure of NATO in its Territory
Varsovia: Against understandings agreed with Russia by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Polish Defense Minister, Tomasz Siemionek, demanded today a stable structure of that bloc in this country.
Siemionek estimated that the Atlantic alliance should install an anti-missile system in the northern town of Redzikowo or create an airbase in the central town of Lask, where several U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons have been stationed for some days.
The Polish Defense Minister expressed in an article published in the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza that a permanent presence of NATO in that territory was necessary, something that Moscow considers affects its national security and its deterrence capacity.
During a Russia-NATO summit, held in 2010 in Lisbon, the 28 members of that military block publicly spoke for close cooperation with Moscow, while in the narrow circle of the alliance containment plans against Russia were outlined.
This included reinforcing the presence of combat aircraft in the former Soviet republics with shores on the Baltic Sea and missile systems and alliance troops in Poland and the Czech Republic, highlights the local press.
The Polish government now justifies its requests to NATO with the position assumed by Moscow to support a referrendum on the independence of Crimea and its return to the bosom of the Russian Federation, to which it belonged until 1954.
Local analysts consider that the Ucranian crisis is used as a pretext for Western powers to justify the existence of NATO, whose role in the global fight against terrorism was increasingly harder to justify.