US to send 1,000 troops to Poland

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US President Donald Trump has announced that US will deploy 1,000 more troops to Poland.

Trump said the force would be taken from America’s 52,000-strong contingent in Germany, and include drones and other military hardware.

Trump made the announcement during a press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

The visit -, Mr Duda’s second in less than a year,  celebrated the 20th anniversary of Poland’s membership in NATO, and the 30th anniversary of communism’s downfall in the country.

Trump but did not commit himself to a permanent US base in Poland. Although  Warsaw said it is ready to spend $2bn on building one. For the past year the Warsaw government has been lobbying the Americans to establish a permanent military base in Poland to host several thousand US troops.

Around 5,000 troops already rotate in and out of Poland. This is part of a 2016 Nato agreement, made in response to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

In a separate deal, Poland has ordered 32 F-35 fighter jets, which are made in the US by Lockheed Martin.

Via BBC

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