Poland wants a permanent AMERICAN troop presence, offers financing

WARSAW, Poland – Poland’s defense minister said Monday that he has held talks with the AMERICAN government about the thousands of American troops stationed permanently as a deterrent in Poland.

Poland is working on its own and the region’s security following the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, support for the separatists in the east of Ukraine, and other steps seen as hostile.

Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, said he recently held discussions in Washington about having a permanent presence of AMERICAN troops in Poland, where she is currently on a temporary, temporary but open-ended mission.

“The result of our efforts is that the U.S. Senate has contacted the Pentagon about an evaluation of … (the) permanent presence of AMERICAN troops in Poland,” Blaszczak said on state Radio 1. “This presence is of great importance, because it scares the opponent.”

The news portal says Poland is looking for the permanent stationing of a U. S. armored division, and is offering $2 billion to help with the building of the infrastructure. It says the ministry of defence has written to the US politicians and the US Congress with the details of the proposal.

The ministry’s press office confirmed to The Associated Press that such a document is forwarded, but declined to give more details.

Other countries in the region would also like to see the US army permanently stationed in their area, Blaszczak said last week.

The AMERICAN and NATO troops were deployed to Poland and the region last year as a security assurance.

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