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NATO's new chief brings message of reassurance to Poland on first foreign trip

  • Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski welcomes NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right,  before talks in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Stoltenberg came to Poland for his first visit abroad after taking over the leadership of the alliance. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski welcomes NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, before talks in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Stoltenberg came to Poland for his first visit abroad after taking over the leadership of the alliance. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, right, gestures  before talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.  Stoltenberg came to Poland for his first visit abroad after taking over the leadership of the alliance. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, right, gestures before talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Stoltenberg came to Poland for his first visit abroad after taking over the leadership of the alliance. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, before talks in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Stoltenberg came to Poland for his first visit abroad after taking over the leadership of the alliance. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, before talks in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Stoltenberg came to Poland for his first visit abroad after taking over the leadership of the alliance. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

NATO's new secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, is in Poland on his first foreign trip since starting the job last week, a visit meant to reassure a nervous ally on the alliance's eastern flank.

Speaking in Warsaw alongside the Polish President, Stoltenberg on Monday stressed that NATO would protect and defend each of its allies.

Since the Russia-Ukraine conflict began this year Polish leaders have repeatedly called for NATO to do more to protect it.

Later in the day, Stoltenberg has meetings with the prime minister and other leaders, and also plans to visit an air base where NATO troops are engaged in training and exercises.