US will pay costs of its military presence in Poland - ambassador

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The United States will cover the costs of training, equipping, and deploying US forces to Poland under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the two countries, US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Tuesday.

"Under the EDCA, the US will bear the costs of training, equipping, and deploying US forces to Poland, which is significantly higher than the cost of support once US forces are in country. Those suggesting otherwise should do the math," Mosbacher wrote.

President Andrzej Duda on Monday ratified the Polish-US agreement on enhanced defence cooperation signed by Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Warsaw on August 15, 2020.

The deal complements last year's declarations by the presidents of both countries to increase the number of US personnel from 4,500 by at least a further 1,000.

Thanks to the military infrastructure, which, under the agreement, will be prepared by Poland, it will be possible, in the event of a possible threat, to immediately deploy additional forces to Poland, ensuring a total presence of up to 20,000 US soldiers.