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    Boosting of NATO's military presence in eastern Europe is utterly important for Poland, the country's president, Andrzej Duda, said Saturday.

    MUNICH (Sputnik) In early February, US Secretary of Defense Aston Carter said Washington would quadruple its funding to support the US posture in Europe, to reach $3.4 billion in 2017.

    “I think the most important for Poland now is strengthening of NATO’s presence in Eastern flank of the alliance. This is in my opinion the most important problem for Poland and for Eastern European countries now,” Duda said at the Munich Security Conference.

    He added that military security of the region is particularly important in the light of the recent events in Ukraine.

    The United States and NATO have been building up their combined military presence in Europe, particularly in Eastern European countries bordering Russia, using Russia's alleged interference in Ukraine as a pretext for the move.

    Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it is not a party to the Ukrainian conflict, and that military expansion toward Russia's borders increases tensions by threatening regional and international security.

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