British soldiers, part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), observe a moment of silence during Britain's Veterans Day ceremony at a NATO base in Helmand province, in this November 11, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Abdul Malik/Files
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Britain will permanently station 1,000 military personnel in Poland from next year, Poland's defense minister said late Thursday, in apparent contradiction of an announcement by Britain about plans for temporary exercises on Polish soil.On Wednesday, the British Ministry of Defense said London would send nearly 1,000 military personnel to take part in NATO exercises in Poland.But Poland's Antoni Macierewicz told Catholic broadcaster Radio Maryja that Poland and Britain had agreed at a meeting of foreign and defense ministers in Scotland that troops would stay in Poland permanently.Macierewicz said, however, that having British troops in Poland meant that a permanent NATO presence in Poland was "realistic".
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