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Komorowski to call for permanent NATO presence

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Komorowski to call for permanent NATO presence

President Bronisław Komorowski has said Poland will use the NATO summit in Warsaw in July to seek to strengthen the alliance’s presence on its eastern flank.

Komorowski said at a National Security Council meeting on Wednesday that from 2016 he wanted “NATO not only to maintain the rotating character of current NATO forces in Eastern Europe, but also to strengthen and make them permanent.”

The president said the key was armaments warehousing, enabling the alliance to shorten the preparation time for armed conflict in the event of a threat.

"This is a very important summit from Poland’s security point of view, for the issue of the alliances eastern flank and also for NATO’s strategic development,” Komorowski said.

Since the Russian-Ukrainian conflict started in 2014 Poland has been pushing for NATO to have a bigger and stronger presence in the region.

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