More US troops coming to Poland as planned - MoD

Defence Minister Błaszczak said: “Everything according to plan!” Mateusz Marek/PAP

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Wednesday that in line with plans, there will be more US soldiers in Poland, as well as the country hosting the region's most important land forces command.

On Wednesday, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper announced that the Pentagon was starting the relocation of around 12,000 US troops from Germany, of which some 5,600 would be re-allocated to other NATO member states, including Poland.

Referring to the announcement, Defence Minister Błaszczak said: "Everything according to plan! There will be more US soldiers in Poland and the most important land forces command in our region will be built here. Secretary Mark Esper confirmed today our agreements and indicated the possibility of further increasing the number of American troops."

The US defence secretary said on Wednesday that a significant part of the recently re-established V Corps of the US Army from Fort Knox, Kentucky, would be deployed to Poland as part of the redistribution of forces from Germany, once a burden-sharing deal had been signed with Warsaw.

The deal to enhance the presence of US troops in Poland was struck at a June 24 meeting at the White House between the US and Polish presidents, Donald Trump and Andrzej Duda. The V Corps is expected to become operational in autumn after a seven-year break in its activities.