Polish president makes 1st trip abroad to Estonia

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Posted: Aug 23, 2015 1:20 PM
Polish president makes 1st trip abroad to Estonia

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new president has called for NATO to move troops to its eastern flank during his first trip abroad, to Estonia, bringing a message of solidarity to a region nervous about Russian ambitions.

Andrzej Duda's message was underlined not only by his words, but also by the fact that Duda timed his visit to Estonia to fall on European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, which marks the anniversary of the secret 1939 Soviet-Nazi pact that divided much of Eastern Europe between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

At a news conference alongside Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Duda spoke of the "resurgent imperial tendencies" in the region and said that since the world is changing, NATO should as well.