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Poland Prepares For Russian 'Confrontation' In New Defense Strategy

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski (file photo)

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has signed into law a new national defense strategy that addresses an "intensifying policy of confrontation" by Russia and threats to regional security from the conflict in Ukraine.

The 57-page strategy document replaces a plan drawn up in 2007. The new plan involves defense, political, and economic structures on all levels.

It says Russian has become a negative factor for regional security because of the "rebuilding of its power status at the expense of its surroundings" and Moscow’s "intensifying policy of confrontation" as shown by its seizure of the Crimea Peninsula from Ukraine.

Komorowski told journalists in Warsaw on November 5 that things have "changed for the worse to the east of Poland’s borders, where an area of instability has emerged."

He said strengthening Poland’s defenses against the threats now posed by Russia also will contribute to NATO's defense capabilities.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and BBC