Opposition leader says NATO should ‘radically’, increase Poland's security

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Donald Tusk, leader of Poland's main opposition party, Civic Platform (PO), has said that NATO should make prompt decisions leading to the "radical" enhancement of Poland's security.

During his speech at a Saturday meeting of PO, Mr Tusk said that "very specific and massive decisions" are needed on the presence of NATO troops in Poland.

"If we were to expect anything, and we are probably the most pro-Western, pro-NATO formation, we would expect from our western friends, from the president of the United States, from NATO, immediate decisions, that would radically increase the security of Poland and the whole eastern flank,” he said. “If not now, then when?”

Mr Tusk also appealed to the Polish authorities "not to believe that beautiful press conferences” will replace anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence or the presence of tens of thousands of NATO troops in Poland.

"Be very specific today, just as you have become more pro-Western in recent weeks, let this pro-European and pro-American attitude give rise to concrete effects,” he added.

Mr Tusk also said that the Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has invited the leaders of the Polish opposition for a meeting on Ukraine on Monday morning.

He declared his participation in the meeting and said that he expected the Polish authorities to "declare political unity" in the face of the war in Ukraine.