Poland is ceasing to be a second category member of the North Atlantic Alliance, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Monday commenting on Reuters agency report that some of 9,500 US soldiers to be pulled out from Germany will be transferred to Poland.
US Vice-President Mike Pence met with Polish head of state Andrzej Duda on Monday, on the second day of his visit. At a press conference after the meeting, Pence said Poland's alliance with the US was stronger than ever before.
The anniversary and the secretary general’s arrival in the Polish capital coincide with calls for the EU to take a more pro-active role in the continent’s defence. Last year Emmanuel Macron, the French president, won the backing of Angela Merkel when he said the EU should have a European army “independent of the United Sates”.