- Stoltenberg reported at a press conference that during the meeting with President Duda, among others, increasing the Russian military presence near the border with Ukraine
- – We call on Russia to take steps to increase transparency, reduce tensions and de-escalate – said NATO Secretary General
- – On the Polish border there is a hybrid attack on the Belarusian side supported by the Russian authorities – said Andrzej Duda
- – I submitted a proposal to the NATO Secretary General to increase the readiness of NATO forces on the eastern flank and to consider increasing the military presence there – said the president
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– Poland is a committed NATO member, it contributes to our common security in many ways – said Stoltenberg. He also emphasized that our country is a leader when it comes to defense spending.
As he reported, he had a “very good discussion” with President Andrzej Duda on the current security challenges, “including the continued strengthening of Russia’s military presence near Ukraine.”
– We talked about the situation on the border between Poland and Belarus, as well as Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia. All NATO allies have made it clear that they condemn the fact that the Lukashenka regime has been exporting vulnerable innocent people to the NATO border. It’s inhuman and cynical. That is why we show full solidarity with all allies affected by this situation, said NATO Secretary General.
Stoltenberg reported at a press conference that during the meeting with President Duda, among others, increasing the Russian military presence near the border with Ukraine. “We see a large and unusual concentration of forces combined with aggressive rhetoric as well as disinformation spread by Moscow,” he added.
“We call on Russia to take steps to increase transparency, reduce tensions and de-escalate,” said NATO’s Secretary General.
– NATO remains vigilant and we continue to support Ukraine, both in political and practical matters. This is not a threat to Russia. NATO helps Ukraine to defend itself against aggression, Stoltenberg stressed.
He announced that NATO foreign ministers would meet in Riga next week to discuss the security situation. They will also meet their counterparts from Ukraine and Georgia. “These are strong signs of our support,” added Stoltenberg.
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Andrzej Duda: the attack method has been changed
– A hybrid attack by the Belarusian side, supported by the Russian authorities, is underway on the Polish border. I have described to the NATO Secretary General what the situation is. The method has changed. From a frontal attack that could be seen in recent days. The Belarusian regime relocated migrants to heated warehouses. Now, attacks by smaller groups take place at night, said President Andrzej Duda.
– These are very often small-scale clashes in terms of the number of people, but of much more dangerous intensity. These migrants who attack the border illegally are equipped with a dangerous tool such as knives, clubs, crowbars, and they often have tear gas. So they have funds that had to be transferred to them by Belarusian forces, because from where would migrants be equipped with, for example, tear gas – said Andrzej Duda.
– We are observing a dangerous evolution on the border. It cannot be talked about lowering the voltage. These spectacular attacks are gone, but the pressure on the border has not stopped at all. We are afraid that this state may last for many months, said Duda.
Duda proposes to increase NATO’s readiness
The president said after the meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that he presented the security situation on the broadly understood eastern flank during the meeting, also in the context of information on the security of Ukraine. He recalled that there was a relocation of Russian forces around the border with Ukraine.
– I assured the Secretary-General that we take what is happening there very seriously and we accept all these signals. I made a proposal to the Secretary General to increase the readiness of NATO forces in this part of Europe, on the eastern flank, to consider increasing the military presence there, to consider also strengthening missions, for example the Air Policing mission, any observation missions that patrol this part of the North Atlantic Alliance flank after to show all potential aggressors that NATO is ready, that we are not only ready to defend NATO countries, but also pay attention to the security of our non-NATO allies with whom we cooperate, he said.
He emphasized that Ukraine was such an ally. He assessed that at present the security of this country is in real danger.