WARSAW (Reuters) – Warsaw and Washington have agreed on six areas for brand new U.S. troops to be stationed in Poland, the nation’s Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak stated on Friday, a day after Donald Trump canceled a visit to the jap European nation.
Polish Protection Minister Mariusz Blaszczak speaks throughout U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival in Warsaw, Poland, February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
Trump known as off his weekend journey because of a hurricane bearing down on Florida, with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to take his place at occasions to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World Battle Two.
“We now have agreed on six areas, we talked a few seventh location,” Blaszczak stated at a joint information convention with U.S. nationwide safety adviser John Bolton, who was in Warsaw forward of Trump.
In June, Poland signed a deal to extend the American navy presence on its soil to counter Russia’s rising assertiveness since its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
Poland has a border within the northeast with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, the place Moscow has deployed superior nuclear-capable Iskander missiles.
The navy deal signed in June will enhance the variety of non-permanent U.S. troops in Poland by 1,000. There are on common about four,500 U.S. troops in Poland on rotation as a part of NATO forces.
Except for taking part within the remembrance occasions, Trump had been because of talk about navy cooperation, in addition to vitality points throughout bilateral talks with Warsaw.
With six weeks left till a parliamentary election in Poland, the cancellation of Trump’s go to is a disappointment to Warsaw’s nationalist Regulation and Justice (PiS) authorities, which is seen as one in every of Washington’s closest allies in Europe.
In Washington, a senior White Home official stated the 2 international locations could signal an settlement geared toward securing 5G networks throughout Pence’s go to.
A aim of the settlement could be to guard networks from unauthorized entry and interference from telecommunications suppliers managed by “adversary nations,” the official stated, with out naming any firms or international locations by identify.
Bolton informed the information convention with Blaszczak that Trump’s go to could be rescheduled as quickly as potential.
“Poland has been an excellent accomplice of the U.S. and NATO, spending greater than 2% of GDP on protection,” he stated.
An aide to President Andrzej Duda stated after assembly with Bolton that “it’s President Trump’s clear and unequivocal will to go to Warsaw this 12 months, within the coming months”.
The aide, Krzysztof Szczerski, additionally stated Poland had proposed three dates, inside the subsequent three months, for an additional go to by Trump, who stated on Thursday he would schedule a visit within the close to future. A date may very well be introduced inside per week, Szczerski stated.
A go to by Trump may play in favor of the PiS authorities which faces accusations from its western Europe allies of breaching rule of legislation requirements and is more and more remoted inside the European Union.
Opinion polls present it’s more likely to win the Oct. 13 poll however the get together’s ambition is to provoke voters and disprove critics by successful in a order to win a majority that will permit it to vary the structure.
Writing by Justyna Pawlak; Further reporting by Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk and Agnieszka Barteczko in Warsaw and Alexandra Alper and Steve Holland in Washington; Enhancing by Hugh Lawson and Frances Kerry