Polish PM would welcome US troops pulled out from Germany

According to the prime minister, "the real threat comes from the eastern border" and therefore transferring American troops to the eastern flank will strengthen the security of all of Europe. Marcin Gadomski/PAP

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Saturday he hopes that some American soldiers withdrawn from Germany will come to Poland and strengthen the NATO's eastern flank.

German weekly Der Spiegel wrote on its website on Friday that US President Donald Trump plans to remove between 5,000 and 15,000 US troops from Germany by autumn of 2020. Earlier, 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 pulled out troops would be shifted to Poland.

"I deeply hope that as a result of many talks we have had and by showing how solid partner we are within NATO, some of these soldiers stationed today in Germany and to be withdrawn by the United States will actually come to Poland," Morawiecki said, adding that the talks are still ongoing and their results will be announced to the public in due time.

There are nearly 5,000 US soldiers currently stationing in Poland, but "we hope that this contingent will continue to increase," he also said.

According to the prime minister, "the real threat comes from the eastern border" and therefore transferring American troops to the eastern flank will strengthen the security of all of Europe.