Earlier, Macierewicz said that a single battalion of rotational NATO troops would be enough to help Warsaw’s military to fend off a potential Russian attack on Polish territory until its allies gather their forces and respond.
His statement came after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that additional troops will be stationed in Poland and the Baltic states after the upcoming NATO summit, which is to be held in Warsaw in July.
NATO currently plans to station four battalions in the region – one each in Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia. In May, at a pre-ministerial press conference, Stoltenberg said the NATO military buildup on the territory of Eastern European countries is a response to “Russian aggression in Ukraine.”
Meanwhile, Russia added NATO’s expansion to the East and the buildup of the alliance’s presence near Russian borders to the list of strategic threats in 2016.
“The Russian side has repeatedly stated that the buildup of the NATO military presence near Russian borders violates the spirit of the basic Russia-NATO pact and cannot be left unanswered by our country,” Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov said in late May, adding that “we are bound to secure the safety of our state.”
In the meantime, Poland already has a paramilitary group called “a riflemen’s association” (Strzelec in Polish) comprised of around 12,000 people, many of them youngsters, who are receiving military training, as reported by AFP.
Russia continues to whine that they are fearful of a border incursion from surrounding nations, but it is clear that their complaints are a ruse. In fact, look for some ginned up clashes on the border, which Russian troops then going into Poland or other border countries in order to “protect” Russian populations in those countries. Russian objectives, however, are relatively clear.
“The Defense Ministry is taking a number of measures to respond to the NATO military buildup at the Russian border,” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said in early May. “Before the year’s end, two new divisions will be formed in the Western Military District and one in the Southern Military District.”“Our security interests are to be firmly protected. Deployment of the three divisions announced by the defense minister is only one of the measures, which should be considered in this regard,” said Russia’s envoy to NATO, Aleksandr Grushko.
President Obama is uninterested and unable to respond to virtually any military activity against our ally’s due to his commitment to his anti-war, anti-military far left constituents. Unless it threatens Obama’s “legacy” Poland may have to deal with Russian aggression without the help of the United States. They seem to recognize that and are preparing for the worst.