Poland and Norway – strategic partnership in the making?
Perhaps we are talking about the expansion of the American military presence in Poland
WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda are holding an official meeting at the White House on Wednesday afternoon. Earlier it was reported that both leaders will make “an important statement on the future security partnership.”.
This was reported by high-ranking officials of the administration.
“We believe that this will significantly strengthen the relationship between our military, strengthen our defense and containment positions in Europe and our commitment to NATO,” officials said in an interview with reporters ahead of Trump’s meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda..
Another official, who spoke to VOA on condition of anonymity, said the agreement would include sending hundreds of additional American troops to Poland on a rotational basis..
American sources did not provide other details.. Some of them emphasized that they do not want to get ahead of events..
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszak told Polish media in May that “the presence of US troops in Poland will be increased.”.
Warsaw offered to allocate at least $ 2 billion for the deployment of permanent American forces and means in Poland to contain a possible Russian aggression. NATO has expanded its presence near Russian borders to appease the bloc’s eastern members. At the same time, Russia called the strengthening of the military presence a threat to its security.
The military and diplomats have been working on an agreement for several months in connection with a proposal from Warsaw to finance a permanent American base..
Duda proposed to name it “Fort Trump” in honor of the US President.
Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan praised Warsaw’s actions at a meeting with his Polish counterpart: “When you think about contributing to NATO and sharing the burden, you are a role model.”.
Poland is one of seven NATO members that have already achieved their goal of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense.
President Trump often criticizes NATO allies who have not yet delivered on their commitments.
In 2014 in Wales, all members of the alliance pledged to reach this level by 2024.
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