Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump says he's sending 1000 more United States troops to ally Poland

Trump says he's sending 1000 more United States troops to ally Poland

The announcement will not include the establishment of a US base in Poland, dubbed "Fort Trump", which was originally proposed by the Poles to counter Russian aggression, that official confirmed.

"They are talking about 2,000 troops, but we'd be taking them out of Germany or moving them from another location".

Located deep in what used to be Soviet-dominated eastern Europe, Poland is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation but has long wanted deeper USA commitment.

Trump said he likely will make his second visit to Poland as president in September, the 80th anniversary of the invasion by Nazi Germany in 1939 that set off World War II. The Pentagon told RFE/RL that the sourcing of the military personnel and other details of the agreement "are still being worked out".

The U.S. resumed increasing its military activity in Europe in concert with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Poland is one of seven of the 29 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies spending the target level of 2 per cent of...

Senior administration officials said the move would be in compliance with the NATO-Russia Founding Act, which guides relations between NATO and Russia. However, the pledge only applied to the "current and foreseeable security environment" at the time.

A senior administration official on Tuesday said the US wants to underscore its commitment to the defense of the region, and said Poland is a key partner. -Polish agreement was "fully in line with NATO's worldwide commitments". "The facility would be world class", he said.

About 5,000 United States soldiers already deploy along with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Poland as part of a rotating pool, rather than a fixed garrison.

President Donald Trump meets with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House.

Eastern European nations have reached out to the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for greater protection, worrying that they might be the next target of Russia's military advance.

"He'd like to see 250,000 troops", Trump quipped. Both Kaliningrad and Belarus border Poland.

He fell short, however, of committing to a permanent U.S. base in the country.

Trump said the Polish government will pay for the infrastructure to support the troops.

Poland helped win over Trump's support for the increased military presence by agreeing to purchase USA fighter jets as well as liquefied natural gas, Chausovsky said.

The US leader also repeated his previous attacks on Germany for underspending on defence and for building a new gas pipeline with Russian Federation called Nord Stream 2.

Poland is seeking to ween itself off Russian energy, which accounts for almost 70 percent of its gas imports.

It "shows the strong commitment of the United States to European security and the strength of the transatlantic bond", he noted.

"So, we're protecting Germany from Russian Federation".

Spooked by resurgent Russia's seizing control of territory in Georgia and Ukraine over the last decade, Duda has tried to charm the USA president, even touting the idea of Poland building a "Fort Trump" to house thousands of U.S. soldiers.

Trump, during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda, said the number could be as high as 2,000 and that he was considering relocating forces from Germany to accomplish the mission.

He highlighted that Germany was only spending about 1 percent of gross domestic product on defense, below the 2 percent threshold set by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members in 2014.

Senior administration officials dubbed the forthcoming agreement on USA troops in Poland as a "significant announcement", but refused to delve into details of the agreement.

However, he said, maligning Berlin was not in Washington's interest. Because it really makes Germany a hostage of Russian Federation if things ever happened that were bad. Spending is such a small component of the relationship. "You want to be an ally of the United States, you have to buy American, that's the way it goes".

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