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NATO forces to remain in Baltics until 2022, says Polish president

NATO troops are likely to remain stationed in the Baltics and Poland until 2022, Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a summit of the military alliance in Brussels, reported Radio Poland on May 26.

He said that alliance members confirmed their commitment to the Warsaw Summit agenda of continuing securing Central and Eastern Europe.

Duda said that there were no objections from alliance member countries about the strengthening of NATO's eastern flank. NATO allies had agreed to retain a presence in the Baltic region and Poland over the coming years, said the Polish president.

Asked if this presence would continue after 2018, Duda said: “People are talking about 2022 rather than 2018… No one raised the issue of a pullout”.

He added that he did not think that there will be a decrease in “mutual support” and a “withdrawal of troops from the Baltic states, Poland and Romania”.

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