by James Holbrooks, Activist Post:
On Monday, Poland’s defense minister, Antoni Macierewicz, told the Associated Press that resolutions to be approved at the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw will force Russia to “forget about threatening Poland” and other countries along Russia’s border.
“Only a show of real readiness to defend our borders can effectively halt Russia’s aggressive intentions,” Macierewicz told the AP.“Russia must forget about threatening Poland, the European countries and other countries around the world.”
The deployment of four multinational battalions to Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland has long been sought by the easternmost NATO member nations — largely in response to Russia’s supposed annexation of Crimea in 2014 — and was discussed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference in Brussels in mid-June.
“We will agree to deploy by rotation four robust, multinational battalions to the Baltic states and Poland,” he said. “This will send a clear signal that NATO stands ready to defend any ally.
Poland’s Maciereweicz seems confident that a single battalion would be enough to fend off a Russian invasion long enough for NATO forces to mount a counterattack. Defense News was among the media in attendance when the defense minister spoke at a press conference in Poland in late June.
That outlet reported him as saying:
“These are just forward forces that are present, and together with the armies of the host countries should be able to stop the aggression for the time sufficient for the treaty to organize its structures and forces in order to defend its members.”
This projected confidence stands in contrast to what one NATO official recently stated, however, as Underground Reporterpreviously highlighted.
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