BRUSSELS – Polish President Andrzej Duda is calling for NATO to make its presence "as permanent as possible" in Poland to safeguard his country and the region from an aggressive Russia.
"The point is that NATO troops are deployed and are visible," Duda said Monday afternoon during a visit to alliance headquarters in Brussels.
Poland is the host nation for NATO's next summit in July. Duda made clear Polish officials hope the meeting will bring decisions for a long-term stationing of NATO troops in their country.
Pressed by reporters to give details on what commitments the Poles are seeking from their allies, Duda didn't cite numbers but said there should be a "significant presence of both infrastructure and troops," as well as a well-developed logistical support system.