Polish official urges Nato to deploy troops to deter Russia

Poland’s foreign minister on Wednesday urged NATO to get over its reluctance to deploy troops along its eastern flank, to deter what he says is Russian aggression.

Russia’s involvement in Ukraine and its seizure of Crimea nearly two years ago have made other countries along and close to Russian borders feel less secure, including Poland, Slovakia, Romania and the Baltic nations — home to a large number of Russian speakers.

Witold Waszczykowski said he disagrees with many of his fellow NATO ministers that the “idea of reassurances from a distance” is the best way to smooth over this insecurity stirred up by Russia.

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(Photo: M Jasiulewicz/Polish foreign ministry)