How a Former Warsaw Pact Nation Became an Example for NATO Allies

by FRED LUCAS

WARSAW, Poland—Tomasz Szatkowski is an anomaly on two fronts. He’s the youngest ambassador to NATO and represents one of just seven members of the 28-nation alliance that pay their full share to support it. 

NATO policy requires member nations to spend at least 2% of their gross domestic product on defense. Poland does that now, and plans to spend 2.5% by 2030. 

Poland has been increasing its defense spending for years, given both its proximity to, and history with, an aggressive Russia. In the 20th century, the European nation was invaded by both Germany and Russia.

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