The decision to put US forces on Nato’s eastern flank under the command of headquarters based in Poland is a response to the dangers caused by the Ukraine war, Poland’s defence minister said on Wednesday afternoon.
The United States will maintain and seek to increase the rotational force in Poland, the Pentagon said in a statement summarising Washington's new commitments to European security announced on Wednesday.
Poland’s deputy defence minister has described Washington's decision to set up the permanent headquarters for US Army's V Corps in Poland as "absolutely crucial".
Russia now poses the biggest threat to Nato members, Poland's president said on Tuesday ahead of an alliance summit in Madrid.
Nato will upgrade its battle groups on its eastern flank to brigade level, and will increase its high-readiness forces to 300,000 troops from the current number of 40,000, Jens Stoltenberg, Nato secretary-general, has said.
Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has expressed hope that the forthcoming Nato summit in Madrid will approve a new form of the presence of allied troops on the alliance's eastern flank.
A Polish deputy foreign minister has said that what is needed now is a permanent presence of US troops in the eastern part of the North Atlantic Alliance.
American F-18 fighter jets flew into a Polish military airbase on Monday, the defence minister has said, as Nato beefs up the military presence on its eastern flank amid Russia's war on Ukraine.
President Andrzej Duda praised the courage of Polish troops at a Friday meeting with soldiers from the 18th Mechanised Division in Rzeszow-Jasionka, south-eastern Poland.
A visit to Poland by US President Joe Biden seems very likely, Zbigniew Rau, the Polish foreign minister, has said.