U.S. to Have Permanent Troop Presence in Poland as Defense Pact Agreed

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WARSAW—The USA will set up a everlasting army presence in Poland because it deploys round 1,000 further U.S. troops there, Poland‘s Protection Ministry stated on Friday.

Poland is setting rising retailer by its bilateral defense relationship with its NATO associate, scared of an more and more assertive posture from Russia to the east since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

On June 12 final yr, U.S. President Donald Trump agreed, with Polish President Andrzej Duda beside him at the White Home, to send 1,000 extra troops to his NATO ally.

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U.S. soldier provides high five to a toddler in the Wesola district of Polands capital Warsaw on March 29, 2017. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

But negotiations on the small print of the place the troops can be stationed and how a lot Poland would pay dragged on for years.

“We did it. We've got finished the negotiations on army cooperation,” Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak stated in a press release.

Poland presently hosts a rotating contingent of over four,000 U.S. troops. A permanent presence, which the assertion says will now quantity no less than 5,500 troops, is more likely to value Poland extra.

The deal also includes the event of experience for Polish forces in the areas of reconnaissance and command, with the potential of extra U.S. forces coming to Poland in case of an increased menace, the statement stated.

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Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak waits for the arrival of U.S. Secretary for Defence Mark Esper previous to a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium Feb. 12, 2020. (Virginia Mayo/Pool by way of Reuters)

The financial details of the new deal weren't revealed in the ministry’s assertion.

The U.S. army on Wednesday expanded on plans to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany and indicated that some of them could possibly be moved to Poland or the Baltic states.

It was unclear from Friday’s assertion where the extra 1,000 troops would come from, and whether some can be reassigned from Germany. Poland‘s Protection Ministry was not immediately out there to comment and the U.S. embassy declined to take action.

U.S. officials have insisted that the agreement with Poland and the decision to tug some U.S. troops out of Germany are separate matters.

By Joanna Plucinska