US and Polish Presidents Donald Trump and Andrzej Duda announced a possible increase in the US military presence in Poland and the participation of Polish experts in the development of American vaccines and drugs against coronavirus during a joint press conference at the White House.

Trump noted that the United States “look forward to signing an agreement on defence cooperation.” The White House Head noted that the United States will partially withdraw its troops from Germany. As a result, some of them will have to return to the United States and others will have to move to other places in Europe, including Poland.

Duda confirmed that the parties talked about the possibility of “further increasing the presence of American troops in Poland.” He stressed that he asked Trump not to withdraw the American contingent from Europe. The President noted that Poland was ready to host more American troops.

Let’s recall that Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a new national security strategy for a country in May this year where Russia is accepted as one of the biggest threats. The strategy identifies priorities in four main areas: the state and citizens’ security, international security, national heritage and identity, as well as social and economic development and environmental protection.

“The most serious threat is the Russian government neo-imperial policy, which is also implemented through military force usage. The aggression in Georgia, the annexation of Crimea and the actions in eastern Ukraine violated the basic principles of international law and undermined the European security system foundations,” the strategy introduction states.

According to the document, Russia intensively builds up its offensive potential, in particular in the western strategic direction, in the Baltic Sea and in the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation. It also conducts training in scenarios which involve the conflict with NATO countries, the rapid transfer of large groups of troops and even the nuclear weapons use.

The strategy emphasizes that Russia also conducts various types of hybrid actions that carry the risk of conflict, as well as cyberattacks and misinformation distribution.

Natalia Tolub

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