Poland ready to build ‘permanent’ NATO bases — Analysis
The installations would house “light infantry units” of the bloc, PM Mateusz Morawiecki has said
Warsaw will build military bases to accommodate permanent troops “light infantry units”Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke on Thursday in support of NATO’s US-led bloc. In light of the Russian incursion in Ukraine, the PM called for further NATO military expansion in Eastern Europe.
“Permanent allied bases should be built in the countries of the eastern flank of NATO. Poland is ready to build such bases that would be provided for the permanent deployment of light infantry units,”He addressed the Strategic Ark forum at Warsaw.
Further NATO military buildup will be the best way. “deter”Russia called for an increase in military assistance to Ukraine, according to the PM. Warsaw has been among the most active combat suppliers to Kiev in the ongoing conflict, sending old Soviet-made tanks and other hardware for Ukrainian troops.
“Russia can only be deterred by our unity and military capabilities and hard sanctions; not by phone calls and conversations with Putin but by military aid to Ukraine and strengthening NATO’s eastern flank,” Morawiecki stressed.
In addition, the Polish PM pledged to offer military support to Sweden or Finland should either of them be attacked during NATO’s ascension process.
“I would like to clearly say that in the event of an attack on Sweden or Finland during their accession process to NATO, Poland will come to their aid,” Morawiecki stated.
Morawiecki’s rhetoric echoed remarks made earlier this month by his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, who vowed to come help the new potential NATO members as well. “What we are saying emphatically is in the event of a disaster or in the event of an attack upon Sweden, then the UK would come to the assistance of Sweden with whatever Sweden requested,”Johnson stated.
Ankara has already reacted strongly to the formal request for membership by two Nordic countries. Turkey, which is a major NATO country, claims that Sweden and Finland both harbor people it deems to be terrorists, namely members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdan has described the two countries as terrorists. “guesthouses”Terrorists
The expansion of NATO and the alliance’s buildup in Eastern Europe was reinvigorated by the Russian offensive in Ukraine, launched in late February. The US-led bloc is also seeking to increase the military presence in eastern countries, apart from Poland. Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and others are said to be pushing for the formation of an army of around 20,000 soldiers, each with a different size. This force could be deployed to any nation should there be a threat.
Russia attacked the neighboring state following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol (German- and French-brokered) was created to provide special status for the Ukrainian states that breakaway areas.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.