Scholar Explains Why Warsaw’s ‘Fort Trump’ Has Nothing to Do With NATO Plans

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Warsaw’s plans to establish a permanent US military base in Poland have nothing to do with NATO’s plans, Polish political scientist Tomasz Jankowski. According to him, the Polish leadership is deliberately provoking Moscow into responding to the US military buildup on its western border.

Warsaw and NATO’s views on the creation of a Fort Trump in Poland definitely differ, says Polish political scientist Tomasz Jankowski.

During a September visit to Washington Polish President Andrzej Duda offered the US over $2 billion to station American military personnel on a permanent basis in Poland. Following the summit the US Department of Defense signaled that a permanent base in Poland was being studied, adding that no decision had yet been made.

However, on the eve of the Defense Ministers Meeting in Brussels on October 3-4, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he did not consider it necessary to beef up the US military presence in Poland, abstaining from commenting on Warsaw’s plans.

Poland is host to about 3,000 US troops deployed on a rotating basis, a tank brigade, a US Air Force detachment consisting of five F-22 Raptors, and a missile defense complex which is currently under construction.

“Stoltenberg’s statement unambiguously indicates that the plans for deploying US tank forces in Poland are not related to NATO’s overall plans, the Transatlantic alliance, which coordinates its plans at its own meetings and meetings…

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