WARSAW – The Polish minister of National Defense emphasized on Wednesday his country’s interest the United States establishes a permanent military presence on its territory.
According to a 2018 proposal, the Polish Ministry of National Defense, suggested the permanent presence of a U.S. armored division in Poland, on dedicated U.S. military installations, which would help achieve that goal adding that such a force would be necessary to present an unequivocal challenge and deterrence to “Russia’s increasingly emboldened and dangerous posture threatening Europe.”
Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaszczak described the proposal as “important for our security, for the security of Poland, the Polish people, and for international security.”
In recent months the Polish government has intensified efforts to convince the US government on the convenience of establishing a permanent US military presence in Poland, a former Warsaw Pact member nation that shares part of its border with Russia.
According to a statement by Defense minister Blaszczak on Polish Public Radio, the concept of security is important “even for the economic development” of Poland and argued, “If there is no sense of security, there will be no development.”
In July 2016, NATO approved an unprecedented increase of its military presence in Eastern Europe after it deployed four multinational battalions, each 1000-men strong, in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland.
In addition, the Atlantic Treaty continues the deployment of its anti-missile weapons.
In May 2018, some components of the US Aegis Ashore system, a part of NATO’s missile defense shield, was installed at its Deveselu base (Romanía), some 600 km (370 mi) west of the former Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014.
The US is also completing its deployment of a similar facility incorporating advanced radars and interceptor missiles in the Polish town of Redzikowo, some 180 km (112 mi) from Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave located off the Baltic Sea.