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Poland to send company of soldiers to the Baltics

Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz has confirmed to his Latvian counterpart that Poland intends to send a company of soldiers to the Baltics, LETA newswire was informed by the Defense Ministry's press department Tuesday.

The ministry did not mention any specifics. A company is usually made up of about 100 soldiers.

During Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis' working visit to Warsaw this week, he met with Polish Defense Minister Macierewicz and the deputy head of the Polish National Security Bureau Jaroslaw Brysiewicz to discuss the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw and the measures the alliance intends on taking to improve the security situation in Eastern Europe.

The officials were all in agreement that the upcoming NATO Summit will be the most decisive for Poland and the Baltics since they joined the alliance. ''We have high hopes for the collective decision to be made during the summit,'' Bergmanis emphasized.

During his meeting with the Polish defense minister, the two sides discussed the strengthening of regional security, increasing the allied presence in the region, as well as improving the alliance's rapid reaction capabilities, which Poland, as the host country of the summit, has prepared as main discussion topics for the summit.

Bergmanis praised Poland's contribution in preparing for the summit, and confirmed that Latvia will carefully evaluate all of Poland's proposals for regional security.

''The history of bilateral relations between our two countries show the close cooperation between us in strengthening regional security. It is clear that cooperation between the Baltics and Poland in the military sphere the past years have been fruitful, and that there is potential for further cooperation,'' Bergmanis said.

At the same time, the Latvian defense minister also thanked Poland for its decision to send of company of soldiers to the Baltics. He also praised Poland's contribution in the NATO patrol mission of Baltic skies, pointing out that this is an excellent example of solidarity between allies.

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