US Senate approves strengthening of military presence in Poland
American senators adopted a law on Thursday earmarking USD 750 billion in defence expenditures next year and describing Poland as "strategic" in the fight against Russia.
In relation to Poland, the document notes among other things that the US's 2018 national defence strategy calls for long-term strategic rivalry with Russia.
The document describes countering Russia's influence as a priority of the Department of Defence that requires increased and long-lasting investment. The law states that despite significant progress within the framework of the European deterrence initiative, the extent of US armed forces deployment is still insufficient to support the national defence strategy.
The 2020 defence budget act stated that, "given the geostrategic location and abilities of Polish armed forces, Poland plays a key role in stopping and defeating Russian aggression against NATO allies in Central-Eastern Europe."
The document goes on to state that the USA should increase the persistent presence of its armed forces in Poland including key combat-support units such as elements of battle command, to increase the deterrence against Russian aggression.
The Polish embassy in Washington thanked the senators on Twitter on Friday: "Thank you US Senate for recognising that 'Poland is critical to deterring, defending against, and defeating Russian aggression against NATO allies in Central and Eastern Europe and the US should increase the persistent presence of US forces in Poland,'" the embassy wrote.