Poland plans paramilitary force of 35,000 to counter Russia

Poland says it will start recruiting in September for a new 35,000-strong paramilitary defence force because of tensions with Russia. (BBC)

“Enrolment of the first members of the territorial defence force will start in September,” Polish Defense Minister Macierewicz said at a conference of paramilitary organisations in the northern town of Ostroda. (Telegraph)

Meanwhile, Russia’s envoy to NATO, Aleksandr Grushko, said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily that NATO is creating the image of a major adversary solely to prove its relevance and continue its operations. “The trend of a deterioration of relations has not yet exhausted itself… The Alliance continues a policy of ‘suppressing’ Russia, despite its calls for political dialogue. I do not want to call our relations with NATO ‘a Cold War,’ but the alliance is shifting to Cold War-era schemes of maintaining security. (Russia Today)