“There will be more NATO troops in Poland after the Warsaw summit, to send a clear signal that an attack on Poland will be considered an attack on the whole alliance,” Stoltenberg said on May 30 in Warsaw, RFE/RL reports.
He added that NATO was still discussing “the exact numbers and locations” of its enhanced presence in the east, but it will be multinational and rotational.
The move is expected to further antagonize Russia, which says that NATO’s eastward expansion threatens its national security.
Relations between the alliance and Moscow have reached their lowest point since the Cold War over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and its support for separatists in the country’s east.
It should be recalled that Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO and Russia have “profound and persistent disagreements” after the meeting with Russian leaders in the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels in April.