Polish-US deal on US military presence in Poland on Aug. 15 - daily
An agreement on the presence of US soldiers in Poland is to be signed on August 15, Polish Army Day and the centenary of the Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces defeated Soviet troops, the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported on Monday.
According to an unofficial source quoted by the daily, the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) should be signed on August 15, "if the coronavirus epidemic-related situation does not radically worsen."
The daily underlined that the nature of the US presence in Poland "will be defined as endure instead of rotating." It also reported that there were plans to form an enhanced element of the command of the 5th corps from Kentucky, and that at least another 1,000 US soldiers will be transferred to Poland. A combat training centre is to be established in Drawsko Pomorskie, north-western Poland, a Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle squadron is to be stationed in Lask, central Poland, and special US troops are to be transferred to Lubliniec, southern Poland.
"EDCA is planned to regulate the conditions of the presence of US soldiers in Poland. Finally, they will likely be similar to the ones binding in Germany. Negotiations were not easy," the daily was told by a source.
According to the daily, at least an additional 1,000 US soldiers could be expected in Poland in the coming several months or within a year, apart from 4,500 already stationed in this country. "This is the number envisaged during the talks held by Polish and US Presidents Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump, respectively, in Washington in June 2019. Another 1,000 could result from the reduction of US forces in Germany by nearly 12,000 troops stationed in Bavaria and Rhineland Palatinate. But at this stage, no side wants to speak about details," the daily concluded.