Poland seeks support of allies for more US troops in Poland - PM

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Poland is convincing NATO allies, including the United States, to increase the US military presence in Poland in order to strengthen the Alliance's eastern flank, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday.

Addressing the 15th Congress of Gazeta Polska clubs, Morawiecki commented on media reports that some of the 9,500 US soldiers to be pulled out from Germany will be transferred to Poland.

"We still have to wait for the official decision of the United States. We are primarily doing our work, that is, we are urging our American and NATO partners to strengthen their presence in Poland," he said.

According to Morawiecki, Poland wants to be loyal to all NATO partners and therefore is very keen on strengthening the Alliance's eastern flank.

"Strengthening the eastern flank of NATO is, in particular, also strengthening the eastern part of Poland, and (...) we are trying to deploy our armed forces to best serve security" he added.

Morawiecki believes the political and military involvement of the United States in Europe will continue "to maintain security, because Europe is a key partner of the United States."

On June 6, the Reuters news agency and the Wall Street Journal international daily reported that Trump had ordered the military to withdraw 9,500 troops from Germany by September. According to Reuters, citing US government sources, some of the US soldiers would be moved to Poland.

Last Thursday, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher wrote on Twitter that negotiations on increasing the presence of US troops in Poland were moving along as planned. She also denied the Reuter's report the Fort Trump project was crumbling amid disputes over how to fund the deployment of additional U.S troops and where to garrison them.