Polish, US presidents set to sign defence deal

Polish, US presidents set to sign defence deal Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Polish President Andrzej Duda, who began a four-day US visit on Sunday, is scheduled to meet US leader Donald Trump in New York on Monday when the two presidents are expected to sign a military agreement on locations for more American troops in Poland.

The declaration follows a June 12 agreement securing the standing presence of US troops on Polish territory. The deal was to have been sealed during Trump's planned September visit to Poland, which the US president cancelled due to hurricane threats in Florida.

The June document confirmed the stationing of the existing 4,500 troops and US plans to increase their number to 5,500. The new declaration is to indicate the location of the new US military base.

"The declaration, which has been prepared for this meeting, speaks about specific locations of US troops in Poland, but also, very importantly, confirms the siting of an American command at divisional level at a specific location," Duda's aide Krzysztof Szczerski said.

Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Sunday that a declaration raising the presence of US forces in Poland provides specific locations for different types of US armed forces that will train and cooperate with Polish forces on a daily basis.

Poland's National Security Bureau (BBN) chief, Pawel Soloch, told PAP that the official approval of the locations will be an important step in increasing the US military presence in Poland.