President Joe Biden has introduced that america will set up a everlasting army base in Poland. It’s the first time the nation has executed so wherever on NATO’s jap flank, which to this point has solely had a rotating troop presence.
“In a second when Putin has shattered peace in Europe and attacked the very tenets of rule-based order, america and our allies are stepping up,” mentioned Biden after arriving in Madrid for a NATO summit.
Among the many new measures introduced at the moment by the US president is the institution of a everlasting headquarters in Poland for the US Military’s V Corps. This “will enhance US-NATO interoperability throughout the jap flank”, mentioned the White Home.
The US will create a brand new everlasting military headquarters in Poland and deploy further land, air and sea forces throughout the size and breadth of Europe in response to threats from Russia, President Joe Biden mentioned, vowing to “defend each inch” of NATO’s territory. pic.twitter.com/NJWnSnLIWH
— DW Information (@dwnews) June 29, 2022
Biden additionally revealed that the US would preserve a further rotational brigade in Romania, improve rotational deployments within the Baltic area, deploy two squadrons of F-35 plane to the UK, station further air defence in Germany and Italy, and search to extend the variety of destroyers stationed in Spain.
Poland’s authorities, which has for years been pushing for Western international locations to take a stronger line in opposition to Russia, welcomed the announcement.
“That is extraordinarily vital,” deputy international minister Paweł Jabłoński informed the Polish Press Company (PAP). “It’s in international locations on the entrance line of a possible assault that the presence of command constructions is extraordinarily vital in order that they will immediately reply to threats which can be most actual right here.”
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Biden’s announcement “is a strategic assertion that’s key to the safety of NATO’s jap flank and the entire of Europe”, retired Brigadier Basic Jarosław Kraszewski informed broadcaster TVN.
“This [new permanent] command will play a key position,” he added. “Taking into consideration these components which can be already deployed in our nation and the Baltic states, NATO, by means of the US military, will be capable of take quick motion [against threats].”
Lieutenant Basic Waldemar Skrzypczak, the previous commander of Poland’s land forces, informed TVN that, in addition to the army advantages of Biden’s determination, it additionally has a “political dimension” of “exhibiting Putin unequivocally the need of the Individuals to assist NATO’s mission on this a part of Europe”.
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The US V Corp, which was stationed in West Germany throughout the Chilly Battle, has already had a ahead command publish within the Polish metropolis of Poznań since final yr, manned by 200 troopers working on a rotational foundation.
Whereas the US has lately boosted its rotational troop presence in Poland, the Polish authorities has lengthy been pushing for a everlasting base – with President Andrzej Duda going so far as to counsel at a White Home press convention in 2019 that it could possibly be known as “Fort Trump” in an effort to influence his US counterpart.
Earlier this yr, amid rising stress between Russia and Ukraine, the Biden administration introduced the deployment of 1,700 further US troops to Poland, bringing its whole forces within the nation to round 10,000. It additionally introduced the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and transferred numerous F-16 fighter jets there.
Solely 2% of Poles view Russia favourably, the bottom of any nation surveyed by @pewresearch.
Beneficial views of the US (91%), EU (89%) and NATO (89%) are the best ever recorded in Poland https://t.co/opBh3CDT28
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Daniel Tilles is editor-in-chief of Notes from Poland. He has written on Polish affairs for a variety of publications, together with Overseas Coverage, POLITICO Europe, EUobserver and Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.