NATO and US troops have been stationed in Poland since 2016, said Marcin Presidax, deputy head of the Foreign Ministry. According to him, the presence of US troops is “the result of a good deal” signed by Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump. This is not true.
On January 21, Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Presidoks was asked on TVN24 about the state of security in the wake of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on “facts after facts.” He replied, “We are safe in Poland, because we are in an alliance, in NATO, in the EU, we are a full member of NATO.” He added: “Since 2016, NATO units have been stationed here in Poland and the Baltic states. As a result of a good deal between President Duda and President Trump, US troops are stationed here.”
MFA Vice President Marcin Przydacz NATO’s military presence in Poland Video: tvn24
In the governments of Donald Tusk and Eva Cobax, Minister of National Defense Tomas Simoniak responded to the words of Deputy Minister Presidax. “A lie or incompetence?” – Wrote on Twitter on January 22nd. “US Secretary of State Presidax says US troops have been stationed in Poland since 2016 because of the Tuda-Trump agreement. Not true. Since 2012 – a US Air Force base. Since 2014, the ground forces have been expanded. These are the decisions of President Obama,” he explained (original spelling). More than 1.8 thousand people liked his record. Users.
In turn, Marek Świerczyński, a security expert at Politica Insight, commented: “Thanks for the deal with 2016 to 2020!”.
NATO in Poland before 2016
This is not the first time since 2016 that a representative of the ruling United Right has suggested that there are no NATO troops or US troops in Poland. In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election campaign, Adam Bielan, a spokesman for election staff applying for Andrzej Duda’s re-election, said: “When [Andrzej Duda] He came and took office, there are no NATO troops in Poland, there are no US troops in Poland “- Bealen told” Kropka Not I “on TVN24 on June 2, 2020. In Konkret24, Why this is not true.
Now the deputy head of the State Department says US troops have been stationed in Poland since 2016. So we remind you Major events related to the presence of Allied forces In Poland, before Andrzej Duda accepted the presidency and government of the United Right.
At the initiative of three NATO member states – Poland, Germany and Denmark – the Northeastern Command of the Multinational Corps was established in Szczecin, which over time was transformed into a regional command of land components in the structure of NATO forces. He assumed responsibility for the security of the eastern part of the alliance.
Following the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Prague on March 31, 2004, the Joint Forces Training Center was established in Bydgoszcz. The center includes trained NATO units for missions in Afghanistan and Iraq (in 2019, 6.5 thousand soldiers were trained).
Furthermore, since March 2010, Bydgoszcz has become the site of the 3rd NATO Communications Battalion, which is responsible for ensuring secure strategic communications as part of friendly operations and exercises for all developed NATO commands.
Since May 2014 – after accreditation by NATO headquarters – the NATO Military Police Excellence Center has also been operating in Pythagoras. Its mission is to provide professional knowledge and training to the military police of allied nations.
Famous American paramedics already in Poland (April 2014) Video: tvn24
Americans in Poland before 2015
Since April 2010, the battery of the American Patriotic Anti-Air Force has been stationed in Morocco, with troops (approximately 100 men) transported every quarter from the base in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Initially, it was a training system, then fully armed. As of 2012, there were 12 cycles.
First, a ten-person station was set up in ask, and a permanent subdivision of 52 Operations Group Detachment 1 was launched in 2013. Its missions include: serving on US F-16 Fighting Falcon and C-130 Hercules aircraft, training pilots, and arranging military exercises.
On April 23, 2014, 150 soldiers of the 173rd Air Force landed at Sweden Airport. They then began training with Polish and Canadian players. Twelve American F-16s and 300 crew members flew to Poland.
We can talk about the permanent presence of NATO and US forces in Poland since 2017, which is the result of decisions taken at two NATO summits: in Newport in 2014 (then Polish President Bronislav Komorowski) and in Warsaw in 2016. The coalition’s decision to militarily strengthen NATO’s east was the result of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Russian troops’ support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. This changed the American approach to military presence in Europe.
Duda’s “good deal” with Trump? Duda approved the deal in 2020
From the words of Deputy Minister Presidax, it can be concluded that the US branches are based in Poland based on the 2016 agreement signed by Presidents Duda and Trump. Meanwhile, the presence of American soldiers in Poland was restricted long ago – in an intergovernmental agreement On December 11, 2009 And as a result of the agreement reached on July 15, 2015, before the United Right came to power and before Andrzej Duda became President (changes to the agreement were introduced on December 21, 2018).
In turn, on June 15, 2020, it was signed in Warsaw, not by the presidents, but by National Defense Secretary Marius Bulaszak and US Secretary of Defense Mike Pompeo in the presence of Andrzej Duda. Agreement on enhanced security cooperation, Which is expected to increase the US military presence to more than 5.5 thousand. Players. It is an international agreement governing the governments of the two countries, ratified by President Duda on October 14, 2020 with the approval of the Sejm and the Senate.
On the other hand, Presidents Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump signed political declarations – the first on June 12, 2019, and the second on September 23, 2019. The United States took action to increase the number of American soldiers in Poland. The provisions of these declarations were repeated in the intergovernmental agreement.
Based on that, American soldiers are currently stationed at 11 bases in Poland, which they can use for nine training grounds and military campuses and four airports. There are also US personnel in four NATO units in Poland.
Author: Piotr Jaźwiński
Source: Concrete 24; Photo: PAP / Jakub Kaczmarczyk
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