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Us Poland Defense Agreement

13Oct

The United States has similar agreements with other NATO allies than Belgium, Hungary and Romania. The Polish-US agreement on strengthening defence cooperation complements statements made last year by the presidents of the two countries to increase the number of US employees by at least 1,000 by 4,500. The United States appreciates our strong bilateral relations with Poland. We look forward to Poland`s swift ratification of the EDCA, which will enable us to fully implement the enhanced defence cooperation desired by Presidents Trump and Duda. The agreement signed by me today, Mr. Pompeo and the Secretary of State, is the culmination of our joint efforts and the end of the most important phase related to the strengthening of the presence of U.S. forces in Poland. Not only are we implementing, but we are also developing agreements to strengthen defense cooperation between Poland and the United States, which have been established in recent years – Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said after the ceremony. The agreement provides, among other things, for the level of logistical support and the use of facilities and land by US forces stationed in Poland.

The EDCA also explains that Poland will house the forward elements of the headquarters of the US Army V. Corps. – We are sure that the infrastructure will accommodate up to 20,000 American troops. So, of course, when it will be necessary. (…) The agreement guarantees Poland`s security, which is a priority advantage. It also has the economic advantage. Our soldiers have the opportunity to further enhance our mutual military cooperation. Together we are stronger – stressed Minister Mariusz Błaszczak. He is expected to review Trump`s decision to withdraw thousands of troops from Germany, although U.S.

officials have insisted that the deal with Poland be separated from that step. The EDCA reflects the shared vision set out in the joint statements of Presidents Donald J. Trump and Andrzej Duda in 2019. In particular, it provides the necessary legal framework, infrastructure and fair burden-sharing for deepening our defence cooperation. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mariusz Błaszczak signed a defense cooperation agreement on August 15. The signing ceremony took place in Warsaw, at the Presidential Palace, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda. The agreement provides for the installation of approximately 5,500 U.S. troops on Polish soil on a rotating basis and the prior dispatch of the U.S. Army V.

Corps to Poznan, Poland. . . .