AP Interview: NATO to end central Europe’s fears of Russia


WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s defense minister says decisions to be approved at this week’s NATO summit in Warsaw will build a deterrence force that should make Russia “forget about threatening Poland” and other nations.

Antoni Macierewicz spoke to The Associated Press on Monday, just four days before about 2,000 delegates from the 28 NATO members and some partners meet to approve decisions to station troops in Poland and the Baltic states. Their presence was requested by these countries, which are nervous about their security after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine and supported separatists in eastern Ukraine.

A dissident under communist times, Macierewicz said “we can forget about fear” even though, he said, Russia is taking steps that are a threat to regional and the wider peace.

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