Duda and Trump announce 1,000 more US troops to Poland
The US is to boost its military presence in Poland by deploying 1,000 more troops, the American president Donald Trump and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday.
The increase will bring the total number of US troops stationed in Poland to over 5,000.
In a joint statement the two presidents confirmed that the US military presence in Poland strengthens NATO's deterrence efforts against an aggressive and unpredictable Russia.
Included in the deal will be a US Division Headquarters and the establishment of a US Air Force MQ-9 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance squadron.
Speaking at the White House, Trump said that Poland "will provide basing and infrastructure to support a military presence of about 1,000 American troops."
He added "As the declaration makes very clear, the United States and Poland are not only bound by a strategic partnership but deep common values, shared goals and a very strong and abiding friendship."
Among the planned projects are the setting up of infrastructure to support the presence of an armoured brigade combat team, a combat aviation brigade, and a combat sustainment support battalion.
A memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of civilian use of nuclear energy was also signed.
PM Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted in reference to the agreements: "Modernisation of the army, increasing the US presence in Poland and energy cooperation is the implementation of the Polish raison d'etat."
In response to the military increase, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Tweeted: "I welcome today’s announcement that the United States will increase its military presence in Poland.
“This shows the strong commitment of the US to European security and the strength of the transatlantic bond."