Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

US, Poland to bolster defence ties

US, Poland to bolster defence ties

Poland said earlier this year that it was willing to pay up to $US2 billion to help fund a permanent USA military presence there - a proposal President Andrzej Duda reiterated during the country's Army Day celebration in August.

"The presence of the US armed forces in this area is absolutely justified", Duda said.

Poland has already met the 2%-of-GDP defence-spending level that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies agreed to work toward by 2024 - a spending goal that Trump used to bludgeon other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members.

Trump said during a joint news conference with Duda that he was considering the idea and noted that Poland had offered more than $2 billion to the U.S.to pay for such an effort.

"There is a whole range of arguments in favor of the fact that the presence of the USA armed forces in this area is absolutely justified", Duda said.

Poland offered to spend up to $2 billion for the U.S.to build a permanent military base. A decision from the US could come early next year.

"The United States and Poland are deeply committed to energy diversity all across Europe".

"He would pay the United States, meaning Poland would be paying billions of dollars for a base", Trump said.

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Poland wants a permanent United States presence, and the government has said its willing to pay for it.

Congress ordered the Pentagon to study the matter in this year's defense policy bill, which Trump signed into law in August.

Poland wants to increase the volume of liquefied gas contracts with the U.S.as a way to cut its dependence on gas imports from Russian Federation. Within the US military and among security analysts, there is a long-running debate over the merits of building up forces in Poland.

Trump added the United States was interested in exploring the possibility of constructing the base. At one point earlier this year, in a meeting with his advisers, Trump inquired about American troops stationed in Germany and asked about possibly removing them.

"I hope that the president will make this decision". In August, Duda said he wanted to increase that outlay even more, reaching 2.5% of GDP by 2024.

"The meeting between the two leaders in the White House today suggests that this strategy might prove successful".

Poland has repeatedly requested a permanent USA military presence on its soil amid fears of Russian aggression, offering up to $2 billion in funding for such a base. "And we have the greatest strength in the world, especially now".

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