WARSAW – Poland is unlikely to send troops to fight against Islamic State, Polish state-run news agency PAP quoted President Andrzej Duda as saying on Saturday. Poland’s Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz had said on Wednesday the country would join the fight against Islamic State, though he signalled
that the scale of its involvement would depend on NATO’s response to Russia’s renewed assertiveness on the alliance’s eastern flank. “Perhaps some comments are over interpreted. Today there are absolutely no such decisions. These are open issues which we will discuss at the NATO forum,” PAP quoted Duda as saying at a security conference in Munich, when asked about the defence minister’s comments. “I am as far as I can be from any decisions to send Polish soldiers anywhere. But let’s remember that we are a member of NATO,” Duda said. “If we want to be treated seriously in NATO, if we want our expectations to be respected we have to understand that other NATO member states also have their fears and interests in other parts of Europe and the world,” he said.