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    According to a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry, Poland’s foreign minister's calls to bring in more NATO troops are aimed at destabilizing bilateral relations between Moscow and Warsaw.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The remarks made by Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski who called for more troops to be deployed on NATO’s "eastern flank" as a deterrent against Russia are aimed at further deteriorating the already strained Moscow-Warsaw relations, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

    "Irresponsible statements, aimed at further undermining the strained relations between our countries, do not in any way correspond with the intentions voiced by the people working under his guidance during consultations in Moscow on January 22 to develop pragmatic cooperation between Russia and Poland, and to revive the mechanisms and formats of bilateral interaction, frozen on Warsaw's initiative," the source stressed.

    Waszczykowski argued at the Munich Security Conference that the Alliance had no obligation to adhere to the provisions of the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act, in which the bloc pledged not to build infrastructure in its new Allies "in the current and foreseeable security environment."

    The lack of deployment of troops and defense installations equates to weakness that might result in a confrontation, incidents or provocations, the foreign minister stressed.

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly called for a reinforced military presence in Eastern Europe in response to what NATO and the West claim to be a Russian threat. Moscow has repeatedly warned against the NATO military build-up along Russia’s borders.

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