Polish MoD, US ambassador deny media reports on US troops

"Stop fake news! The information regarding the regulations governing the stationing of US troops in Poland are untrue. The agreement will be published after it has been signed. Disinformation harms Poland's security." Mateusz Marek/PAP

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak on Monday said that the mass media information regarding the regulations governing the stationing of US troops in Poland were untrue. The US ambassador has also denied media reports to this effect.

On Monday, Onet.pl wrote that US troops, which are to be stationed in Poland under an agreement which is now being negotiated by the Polish Defence Ministry and the US Department of State, will not be responsible before the Polish legal system. According to Onet.pl, the US made the signing of the deal dependent on the special status of their soldiers in Poland, and the Polish government had approved the exclusion of US personnel from the Polish jurisdiction and extra-territorial status of US bases.

"Stop fake news! The information regarding the regulations governing the stationing of US troops in Poland are untrue. The agreement will be published after it has been signed. Disinformation harms Poland's security," Blaszczak wrote on Twitter.

Referring to Onet.pl's report, US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher wrote on Twitter that "There are a lot of media reports about the alleged contents of the new PL-US military deal. None of them are true. We will release all details once the deal is signed."

During President Andrzej Duda's visit to Washington in June, President Donald Trump declared that some US troops withdrawn from Germany could be transferred to Poland.