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New NATO Chief Visits Poland

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s new Secretary General, is today visiting Poland’s capital for a meeting with President Bronislaw Komorowski.

At the meeting of the two leaders, President Komorowski pledged assistance for Ukraine’s defence systems and was congratulated by the NATO leader on the increase of the Polish defence budget to 2% of Polish GDP. Russia was high on the agenda, with the USA’s ballistic missile defence systems a particularly attractive prospect given Poland’s proximity to embattled Ukraine.

The Secretary General met with the President, the Prime Minister, Ewa Kopacz, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Tomasz Siemoniak, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Grzegorz Schetyna.

The Secretary General also paid a visit to Łask Air Base to meet NATO air force personnel involved in NATO assurance measures.

The Presidential Palace, where Komorowski and Stoltenberg met, will be included as one of the venues of the next NATO summit in 2016, when heads of the NATO alliance will travel to Warsaw.

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