Poland: NATO Must Ignore Russia, Send Ground Troops

Insists Western Europe Is 'Safe' Because of US Troops

Continuing to play up the idea of a ravenous Russian bear racing across the continent devouring all it sees, Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak is pushing for NATO to send “significant” amounts of ground troops to his country as soon as possible.

Siemoniak insisted that the threat to Europe was palpable, and that Western Europe was safe because of the number of US ground troops in the area, saying he expected the same for Eastern Europe’s NATO members, and Poland in particular.

“We believe that NATO should not be limited in anything which concerns the security of its members,” Siemoniak added, saying it was important to ignore any objections Russia might raise about an escalated NATO deployment on its frontier.

Since the Russian annexation of Crimea, which occurred more or less without any military conflict, Polish officials, along with other NATO nations in the region, have insisted a Russian invasion of the rest of the Ukraine is imminent, and though weeks have passed since they started saying that, they insist it is still imminent.

NATO has already agreed to additional air patrols in the region, and Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove has been pushing hard the idea of US ground troops in Poland, though as the days and weeks go by and Russia’s “imminent” invasion never happens, the sense of urgency seems to be fading.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.