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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poles Welcome Russia

Polish Defense Minister Piotr Kolodziejczyk has said that his country would feel a lot safer if Russia joins NATO's Partnership for Peace and that Polish membership in NATO would become less urgent.

"We would feel much safer if Russia joins the Partnership for Peace, because that would mean it is becoming a democracy and part of the civilized world," he told reporters after signing a military cooperation agreement with Canada.

Poland and 12 other former Soviet bloc countries have signed the Partnership for Peace, which provides for joint exercises, training and cooperation as a gradual way of building a security relation with the Western alliance.