Polish, NATO generals discuss defence capabilities

"We discussed NATO's operational plans and further expansion of cooperation," said General Andrzejczak (R) after the meeting [pictured with General Vollmer (L)]. Paweł Supernak/PAP

Poland's Chief of the General Staff, General Rajmund Andrzejczak and Jörg Vollmer, Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum met in Warsaw on Monday to discuss NATO's operational plans and allied defense capabilities in north-eastern Europe.

Vollmer, on his first foreign visit after taking over his duties in April, stressed Poland's importance for defence in north-eastern Europe through its participation in building command structures and activities of NATO multinational battalions.

"We discussed NATO's operational plans and further expansion of cooperation," said General Andrzejczak after the meeting.

The chief-of-staff added that Poland is "perceived as an extremely important country, a strategic partner in the region." He added that Poland would like to fulfil this role, to efficiently build operational awareness.

General Vollmer said he came to Poland as the Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum is responsible for coordinating activities ranging from Norway through Sweden and Finland as NATO partner countries, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia to Poland and Slovakia

He stressed Poland's involvement in the building of the Multinational Corps North-East in Szczecin which in 2014 NATO decided to transform into a high readiness command coordinating the activities of land forces on the Alliance's north-eastern outskirts.

Vollmer also expressed his appreciation for the pace at which Poland has built the Multinational North-East Division in Elblag, north-east Poland. He reminded that Polish soldiers are part of the enhanced alliance presence (eFP) battle group in Latvia, and a group commanded by the US is stationed in Poland.

Poland is the cornerstone in the defence of north-eastern Europe, said Vollmer.