"This interest has been generated by various statements Trump has made [with regard to NATO] prior and after moving into the White House," the analyst said. "I don't think we should expect anything extraordinary. The participants would learn Trump's opinion on the alliance and see whether he would keep his promises."
Olszewski said that the summit in Brussels would show whether the Trump administration plans to turn the US into "the world's policeman" and whether NATO's role would remain similar to the one the bloc played during the Obama administration.
Trump appeared to have been initially skeptical of NATO, saying that the alliance was obsolete since it was unprepared to tackle terrorism. He also criticized the majority of the bloc's European members for failing to allocate 2 percent of GDP on defense. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has already confirmed that both of these issues would be on the agenda, with the leaders of the alliance expected to pledge greater involvement in counterterrorism efforts.
Stoltenberg also said that the bloc would not ask to boost its military presence on Russia's borders, a sharp contrast to NATO's recent policies. The North Atlantic Alliance has been increasingly belligerent in the last three years. The US-led military bloc has boosted its spending and military presence in Eastern and Central Europe, as well as the Baltic region in response to Russia's supposedly assertive foreign policy. The alliance has also drastically increased the frequency, scale and scope of its war-games.
In addition, NATO's assertiveness has apparently failed to make the region more stable or secure.
"I think that the world has become a significantly more dangerous place. Poland has protected itself well from these threats by refusing to take part in the scenario which Angela Merkel offered to the European Union. I want to remind you that it is her invitation that has brought so many refugees, some of whom are Daesh fighters in disguise, to the European Union. This is extremely dangerous," Olszewski warned.
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