On May 27, Polish news website Onet published a “Proposal for a U.S. Permanent Presence in Poland” of the Ministry of National Defense Republic of Poland. According to this document, Warsaw agreed to allocate $2 billion in state funds to finance the establishment of a US permanent military base within the Polinsh territory.
“This proposal outlines the clear and present need for a permanent U.S. armored division deployed in Poland, Poland’s commitment to provide significant support that may reach – 1.5 – 2 billion USD – by establishing joint military installations and provide for more flexible movement of U.S. forces. Together, the United States and Poland can build an even stronger bond – one which guarantees the safety, security and freedom of its people for generations to come,” the document reads.
“Permanent US troops in Poland will send a clear message to Russia of US support for its Eastern European allies.”
On May 28, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that Moscow is “ready to react to the NATO’s infrastructure expansion”, commenting on possible establishment of a permanent US military base in Poland, Russian state-run news agency Sputnik reported.
Peskov pointed out that Poland has a sovereign right to establish a US military base on its territory, but stressed that Russia is capable to react “in order to balance the parity”.
“It depends what kind of base it will be. In general, when we noticed the gradual expansion of NATO’s military infrastructure towards our borders, the immediate approach of NATO’s military structure to our borders does not in any way contribute to security and stability on the continent, on the contrary, these expansionist actions, of course, inevitably lead to counter-measures on the Russian side in order to balance the parity that breaks each time,” Peskov said.