Recent Polish proposal for financing permanent US military presence in Poland isn't motivated only to counter current Russian aggressive posture...
Recent Polish proposal for financing permanent US military presence in Poland isn't motivated only to counter current Russian aggressive posture. This offer is a part of a wider Poland strategy for achieving long term security. In pursuing this strategy, Warsaw risks not only to undermine NATO cohesion, but also to deepen growing East-West divide inside the EU.
Polish proposal and NATO
On 28th May Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed ongoing negotiations with the United States for setting up permanent US military presence in Poland. In a published proposal Warsaw offered significant financial and material support (between 1,5 and 2 billion USD) for building a
joint infrastructure for permanent deployment of a US armored division. Warsaw also offered to insure more flexible movement of US forces on its territory. In Polish view, a permanent American military presence in Poland would significantly reduce security vulnerabilities in the region, particularly
regarding so called Suwalki Gap.
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