WARSAW, (BM) – It is possible that there will be more American soldiers in Poland, as everyone knows, I have good relations with the President of the United States Donald Trump – said President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24.pl.
Duda on Tuesday on Radio Gdańsk was asked, among others for comment on information about the possible withdrawal by the US from Germany of about 9,500 soldiers and reports that some of these US troops may be transferred to Poland.
The president emphasized that in such cases “apart from the fact that we would like to invite us, it is obviously the decision of the American authorities”. “The US Army is welcome in Poland. It is the largest and strongest army in the world” – he added.
“It is a very strong guarantee of security. Especially in difficult times, when we have the smoldering armed conflict in Ukraine all the time, where Russia invaded Ukraine, where Russia occupies Crimea, where Russia de facto also occupies the Lugansk and Donetsk territories today. So it is visible manifestation of Russian imperialism, which began to return. In 2014 there was a great fear that it could go further and that the Baltic States could be attacked, and that perhaps even there would be an attempt to raise our hand on our state. And then these decisions were made to create advanced, strengthened presence on NATO’s eastern flank,” said Duda.
He explained that he devoted the first year of his presidency in 2016 to creating a strengthened presence on the eastern flank of NATO, bypassing all the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance and convincing the leaders of states to this concept.
“Today we have NATO troops stationed in Poland, including the United States. There are several thousand American soldiers. It is possible that there will be more. As everyone knows, I have good relations with the President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump. He understands the affairs of our part of Europe. He proved it many times in conversations with me. He showed an unusual orientation in what our history and our realities are. And I have no doubt that we can count on the support of the American side in building the security space of our part of Europe, also through the presence of American soldiers” he stated.
He noted that the presence of American soldiers also increases the chance of American investment in Poland. “Where there is an American army, there also large American business willingly invests its money. Because it is a guarantee of security for them” – he said.
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