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‘Russia is a greater threat to international security than ISIS’: Poland calls for NATO troops to help protect its eastern border

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‘We have existential threats and non-existential threats. Of course the Russian activity is kind of an existential threat because this activity may destroy countries’

– Witold Waszczykowski,Poland’s foreign minister 

  • Foreign minister Witold Waszczykowsk said Russia can destroy countries
  • He said he will petition NATO in July to send troops to protect Poland 
  • Waszczykowsk claimed ISIS terrorists was only a non-existential threat
  • Poland expressed alarm at Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula  

Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski has urged NATO to deploy troops to guard its eastern flank against Russian aggression. Speaking at a security conference in Bratislava in Slovakia, Waszczykowski said he would appeal to NATO directly when the organisation visits Warsaw in July for a summit. He said Russia has the potential to destroy countries and therefore was a greater threat than ISIS.

Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda3310365d00000578-0-image-m-3_1460807474602Waszczykowski said the Russian Military, pictured here earlier this week at the annual Victory Day parade, has the potential to destroy entire countries, a feat which is beyond the capabilities of ISIS
Poland has been incredibly critical of Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy, especially the annexation of Crimea
33262ad100000578-3538158-the_two_planes_pictured_from_the_uss_donald_cook_were_wings_clea-m-11_1460582121093 Russian aircraft buzzed a US warship earlier this week, coming as close as 30 ft.

A former Soviet satellite, Poland has been alarmed by Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014 and its support for armed separatists in eastern Ukraine, and remains one of Moscow’s staunchest critics.
Waszczykowski said he hoped the July NATO meeting would address what he said was an inferior level of security on its eastern flank.
‘We expect presence, presence, presence. Presence of military troops from different NATO countries could be a symbol of determination to defend the eastern flank. We can discuss the scale.’

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