Polish President Signs Deal to Increase US Presence

Deal confirms US moves from Germany to Poland

Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed a deal to ratify an increase in US military presence in Poland, saying it is a symbol of the growing partnership between Poland and the US.

This deal formalizes planned shifts of US forces away from Germany and into Poland. It would have the US putting some 5,500 troops in Poland, and also formalizes the move of the Army V Corps headquarters from Germany to Poland.

Poland has been keen to increase its US presence since joining NATO, and President Trump wanted to punish Germany for not spending more on their military by cutting US troops there. Germany has largely not criticized the moves by the US, seeing increasing spending as not worth it.

Though these shifts are nominally about NATO’s posture against Russia, in practice this US transfer means very little. This is just a small continuation of the US buildup in the Baltic.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.