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    Poland has simplified its law regulating the deployment of foreign troops on its territory, allowing NATO and EU forces to stay on its territory not only in critical cases, but also in peacetime; Russian military analysts believe that the move signals the country’s total adherence to external interests and complete neglect of its own.

    These amendments allow NATO rapid response teams to enter Poland not only in critical cases, but in peacetime.

    According to the amended law, the president of Poland, at the request of the Minister of Defense and the prior consent of the Prime Minister, may authorize the stationing of foreign troops (mainly NATO and EU) in Poland as part of the strengthening of the Polish armed forces in peacetime.

    The head of the Russia’s State Duma (the lower chamber of the Russian parliament) Committee on defense, former black sea fleet commander Vladimir Komoedov has described the move as an attempt to please some third countries and a complete neglect of Warsaw’s own interests.

    “It is yet another link in the chain of anti-Russian steps made by Eastern Europe,” he told Russia’s Izvestiya newspaper.

    “One thing should be made clear: our partners have long forgotten to ask themselves why are they doing this or that thing, whom is it directed against and if they should even do it at all?” he added.

    “The main thing for them is to please their master-allies without even pondering their own economic and moral circumstances.”

    Larisa Lykoshina, an expert on Slavic Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences says that the amended law completely fits into the country’s course on forming an unhealthy atmosphere within the country, when the authorities are trying to convince their residents of a mythical threat coming from Russia.

    “Poland views NATO as a guarantor of its security and tries to make the presence of the Alliance on its territory more sizable,” she told Izvestiya.

    These tendencies only intensified when the country’s Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo took the office in November 2015, she concluded.

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