Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump studying possibility of a permanent United States base in Poland

Trump studying possibility of a permanent United States base in Poland

U.S. President Donald Trump has said his administration was considering a request for a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland.

Earlier during the event, Trump said the USA makes "the greatest military equipment by far" and said it makes sense for wealthy nations to subsidize the costs of the us security presence in the country.

Poland may need more than the US' go-ahead to have a new American-led military base on its soil.

Poland and other Eastern European countries have been lobbying the United States to increase the number of troops on the continent as they worry about combating an increasingly aggressive Russian Federation. US soldiers are now present on its soil through NATO's back-to-back rotation.

Without giving a timetable, Trump said the USA and Poland planned to launch a "high-level diplomatic exchange" on energy security.

The Times reported that Vladimir Dzhabarov - a member of the Russian Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee - said if the USA were to move forward with the base, Poland would become "the object of a retaliatory strike". We want to implement more projects.

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He told reporters before their meeting at the White House that security in Poland was "extremely" important to him.

He cited Russia's invasion of Georgia in 2008, its annexation of Crimea in 2014, and more recently, violations of ceasefire agreements in the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine, as tangible "threat of aggression".

Trump and Duda are also discussing trade and energy cooperation.

Duda credited Trump for making Warsaw the first stop on the United States president's inaugural European trip past year and said Trump's outdoor address in Poland was a "very important moment" for the relationship between the two countries. Warsaw, long uneasy about a more aggressive Russia, has argued an Army brigade and associated support units stationed permanently in the country would serve as a more serious deterrent to Russian aggression. "I think Russian Federation has acted aggressively".

In May 2018, the Polish government offered to spend up to $2 billion to establish a permanent United States military presence in Poland.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Washington. "They respect force. They respect strength, as anyone does, and we have the greatest strength in the world, especially now".

This is Duda's first official visit to the White House since Trump took office.

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