Increased US military presence in Poland serves security interest of all region – Lithuanian President

epa08547300 President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda (R), Polish President Andrzej Duda (2R), Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (L) and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis (3L) during the ceremonial unveiling of the stone commemorating the Battle of Grunwald during a ceremony marking 610 anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald in the fields of Grunwald in Stebark, Poland, 15 July 2020. The Battle of Grunwald (aka the First Battle of Tanneberg) took place on 15 July 1410 between the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania against the Knights of the Teutonic Order, led by the Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen. It is regarded as one of the most important battles in Polish history. EPA-EFE/TOMASZ WASZCZUK POLAND OUT

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The possible deployment of more US troops to Poland will serve the security interests of the entire region, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said.

“That possible reassignment of troops will have to do not only with Poland’s specific security interests, but also with the security interests of the region as a whole,” Nauseda told reporters in Grunwald after meeting with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda.

US President Donald Trump has recently said that he will withdraw a part of American troops from Germany and may reassign some of them to Poland.

According to Nauseda, Lithuania actively cooperates with Poland on security matters, especially to ensure the security of the so-called Suwalki gap, is a land strip of around 100 kilometers on the Lithuanian-Polish border that is wedged between the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the west and Belarus on the east.

“We have been working closely with the Polish side to ensure that regional security aspects and aspects of the Suwalki corridor are included in this discussion and that they are taken into account,” he told reporters.

Nauseda said Duda informed him that the security of the Baltic countries and defense funding were among the issues discussed during his recent meeting with Trump.

The Baltic nations and Poland are among the few member states meeting NATO’s target of spending 2 percent of GDP defense.

“President Duda mentioned that Lithuania and the other Baltic countries were specifically mentioned during his meeting with Trump,” Nauseda said. “President Trump is well aware of our efforts to be active and permanent members of the 2 percent club.”

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