by ARTUR KACPRZYK
On 12th June, during a meeting in the White House, US president Donald J. Trump and Polish president Andrzej Duda signed a declaration stressing the enduring character of the US military presence in Poland and increasing its size. Around 1,000 US troops will be added to the roughly 4,500 already stationed on a rotational basis. Contrary to criticism surrounding the months-long negotiations of the arrangement, the intention is not to create a bilateral alternative to broader defence cooperation in NATO; nor is the move aggressive towards Russia, despite Russian claims to the contrary. It will strengthen deterrence on NATO’s eastern flank in line with NATO policies adopted in the wake of Russian efforts to forcibly spread its influence and dismantle the Euro-Atlantic security system.
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