Polish-US relations better than ever: defence minister
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Poland’s defence minister on Thursday said that relations between his country and the United States were better than ever, according to a report.
Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
Speaking during a military ceremony in Warsaw, Mariusz Błaszczak stressed the importance of Poland’s cooperation with the United States as part of NATO, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
It quoted Błaszczak as saying that the presence of allied troops was crucial for the security of Poland and its region.
Błaszczak noted that Poland was seeking to host permanent US Army bases and was ready to cover part of the costs involved, IAR reported.
Paweł Soloch, the head of the Polish president’s National Security Bureau, said earlier this month that Poland was eyeing becoming “a hub for the presence of American troops in Europe.”
The prime ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in early June welcomed the idea of a permanent US military base being established in Poland.
Amid fears of Russian aggression following Moscow's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014, NATO decided at a Warsaw summit in July 2016 to deploy four rotating multinational battalions to Poland and the three Baltic states.