Now that the strategic positioning of housing American troops in Germany has run its course (we don’t trust Angela Merkel), the United States is partnering with a regional country long known for its differences with the rest of Europe: Poland.
Over Labor day weekend, with a major hurricane bearing down on the eastern coast of Florida, President Donald Trump send Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Advisor John Bolton to Poland to sign a deal for 5G internet service, and placement of American troops within Polish borders.
“We have agreed on six locations, we talked about a seventh location,” Blaszczak said later at a joint news conference with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has come to Poland for the anniversary.
In June, Poland signed a deal to increase the American military presence on its soil to counter Russia’s growing assertiveness since its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine….
The military deal signed in June will increase the number of non-permanent U.S. troops in Poland by 1,000. There are on average about 4,500 U.S. troops in Poland on rotation as part of NATO forces.
“Poland has been an outstanding partner of the U.S. and NATO, spending more than 2% of GDP on defense,” Bolton told the conference. He added that Trump’s visit will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Poland shares a border with a part of Russia known to be home to nuclear missiles. It is also a gateway to the Arctic, a part of the world being hotly contested at this time.
There are additional agreements between the United States and Poland, natural allies with adversaries in common, that include technology transfer. President Trump’s visit to Poland which is due to be rescheduled is sure to address that topic in addition to working on military agreements, troop placement, and any bases to be developed.