Stoltenberg to Poland: We Will Defend Our Allies

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Poland Monday in his first official country visit since assuming his new role on Oct. 1. Stoltenberg used the visit to reassure the nation that NATO will come to the defense of all its allies following continued Russian aggression in Ukraine. “NATO’s most important task is to protect and defend our nations against attack. We will defend our allies, all allies,” Stoltenberg said. Stoltenberg also reinforced “his commitment to implementing the Wales Summit decisions in full,” according to a NATO statement. During the visit, he met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, as well as other senior Polish government officials in Warsaw before traveling to Lask Air Base where he met with fighter pilots flying NATO’s Baltic air policing mission. At Lask, Stoltenberg also toured a NATO E-3A airborne warning and control system aircraft and thanked aircrew members for “the important job” they do within the Alliance.