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    Polish Defense Minister Doubts NATO to Opt for Permanent Military Base in Poland

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    NATO will not decide on a stable military presence in Poland, Tomasz Siemoniak, Poland's Minister of National Defense, told national daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita Thursday.

    WARSAW, August 22 (RIA Novosti) – NATO will not decide on a stable military presence in Poland, Tomasz Siemoniak, Poland's Minister of National Defense, told national daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita Thursday.

    “I do not think that [upcoming] summit documents will use the term ‘permanent military presence’,” the minister said.

    During its September summit in the UK, NATO most likely will agree to start new military drills on the territory of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, according to Siemoniak.

    “We are comfortable with this concept; we do not make a fetish of the word ‘permanent’. It’s better if the NATO soldiers coming to us participate in the drills together with our soldiers, instead of sitting in the barracks,” Poland’s defense minister said.

    Amid the Ukrainian crisis, Poland has repeatedly said that it wants NATO to base troops on its territory. Earlier it was reported that NATO leaders are poised to meet in September to debate the initiative to permanently base additional forces in Eastern Europe.

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