The US had already announced it, and the increase in US troops in Poland has now been officially sealed: the US Secretary of State signed a corresponding contract during his visit to Warsaw.
The US and Poland are moving closer militarily: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak have signed a contract to send 1,000 additional US soldiers to Poland. As a result, there will not only be more soldiers and more infrastructure for the US army in Poland in the future, said Poland’s President Andrzej Duda. "It also reinforces the guarantee that our soldiers will stand shoulder to shoulder in the event of any danger – whether it is a threat to Poland or the US."
The contract also provides for the relocation of part of the headquarters of the United States Army’s V Corps from Fort Knox, Kentucky, to Poland. Each 200 members are to occupy an outpost in the country on a rotation basis. Further details from the agreement are not yet known.
Troop withdrawal from Germany
There are currently over 4,500 US soldiers stationed in Poland. But there is no permanent military base. The national-conservative PiS government in Warsaw has long wanted more US troops in their country – primarily to deter Russia. Moscow criticizes the high NATO presence in Eastern Europe and on its borders from a Russian perspective.
Some of the additional soldiers will probably be relocated from Germany to Poland. Because the USA wants to withdraw around 12,000 of the 36,000 troop members from Germany. More than half are to return to the USA, 5600 are to be relocated within Europe. Trump had confirmed in mid-June that the number of US soldiers in Germany should be reduced to around 25,000. He justified his decision by saying that, as a member of NATO, Germany was not fulfilling its obligation to invest enough in defense.
The visit of the US Secretary of State to Warsaw marks the end of his multi-day trip through Central Europe. Pompeo met Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in the Polish capital. The conversation should also deal with the current situation in Belarus.