Old Enemies Became New Friends as U.S. Considers Military Base in Poland

Published September 19th, 2018 - 10:50 GMT
US President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda (Twitter)
US President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda (Twitter)

The nonexistence of a threat from Russia means there is no justification for a permanent U.S. military base in Poland, says an analyst, adding that the planned deployment is only "an offensive" directed against Moscow.

“If there is a decision to put a permanent U.S. military base in Poland, you can basically tear up the NATO-Russia Founding Act by which both sides declared that they are not adversaries. Maybe that’s just a recognition of reality that Russia is NATO’s enemy, a designated enemy," and therefore the Western military alliance wants all of its deployments directed against Russia, James Jatras, former US Senate foreign policy analyst told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump has said Washington is seriously considering the possibility of building a permanent military base in Poland.

Trump made the statement during a joint press conference with the visiting Polish President Andrzej Duda in Washington DC on Tuesday.  

 

The U.S. president said the fellow NATO country’s fear of Russian aggression was justified.

Under the U.S. leadership, the NATO military alliance has been increasingly beefing up its presence in Eastern Europe and near Russia's borders.

Wary of the increased military build-up, Russia has accused Poland of opportunism by seeking a permanent NATO presence on its soil.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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