Visit of NATO Secretary General
A visit in which NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, accompanied by Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz, was an opportunity to meet and talk with soldiers serving in the NATO Battle Group stationed in Poland.
NATO Chief stressed that this is a historic day, because - for the first time in history NATO deploys units of the multinational combat group in this part of the Alliance - so that the Alliance is ready for ever-changing international situation. As he added, these battle groups are also deployed in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as a result of last year's NATO summit in Warsaw. The Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg pointed out that the multinational battalion battle group based in Orzysz is a symbol of NATO unity and deterrence. - This part of the international dimension of cooperation is unique because it sends a clear signal to all potential adversaries that the attack on one ally will meet the alliance's response, he said.
Mr. Jens Stoltenberg also stressed that freedom and independence do not come for free. - That is why investment in the security sector is so important, it increases sense of security in the country, so that we can derive pleasure from freedom and independence, he said. Mr. Stoltenberg thanked the Polish authorities for their contribution to collective defense and for all the investments that are important to the Alliance. NATO Chief also thanked the soldiers for their commitment, perseverance and service.
- The presence of NATO forces in Poland is the best guarantee that the peace and security will return to Europe, said Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz in Bemowo Piskie. At the same time, Minister noted that in Orzysz, beyond US troops are also stationed soldiers from Romania and the United Kingdom, supported by Polish soldiers. Minister Macierewicz thanked the generals and officers who put so much effort into preparing the area. So that the soldiers from Poland and other countries of the eastern flank could work here effectively, so that no one dared raise a hand for our homeland - pointed out the Head of the Ministry of National Defence. - This is especially relevant today, when we hear about preparations for the ZAPAD’17 exercise. Exercise with a vague structure and an unclear perspective, when war is still continuing in Ukraine, he added.
During the visit in Bemowo Piskie Commander of the Battalion Group Lt. Col. Christopher L'HEUREUX and Deputy Commander of the 15th Mechanized Brigade Col. Bogdan RYCERSKI met with the media to discuss about the functioning of the Battalion Battle Group deployed in Poland.
Bilateral meeting with the NATO delegation accompanied by Minister of National Defence and The Secretary General of NATO was also dedicated to discuss about the calendar of forthcoming Alliance activities on NATO's eastern flank.