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US to send 1,000 more troops to Poland

Polish officials said this week that the announcement is related to increasing levels of permanent troops stationed in Poland.

USA officials said this week that Trump was expected to announce that he will send about 1,000 additional troops and a squadron of Reaper drones to Poland to aid its self-defense amid concerns about Russian military activity.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway declined to comment on the record in advance of the two presidents' meeting, but USA officials previewed action to the Associated Press on Tuesday evening.

When Mr. Trump and Duda met in September, the leaders brought up the possibility of permanent USA military bases in Poland, something Duda believes would help deter Russian influence in the region.

There are now around 4,000 USA troops in Poland on a rotational basis.

The new plans call for the construction of a new combat training center in Drawsko Pomorskie and additional facilities in the future.

Trump received a warm welcome in Poland in the summer of 2017, where he delivered a rousing nationalist speech before a friendly Polish audience that reflected both the U.S. and Poland's rightward turn.

The formal announcement is expected on Wednesday afternoon, when President Donald Trump greets Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House.

He also said he hopes Russian Federation "will treat Poland with respect".

President Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. might move 2,000 troops from German to Poland - but balked when asked if a new military facility in the Baltic nation should be called "Fort Trump".

"Germany is not living up to what they are supposed to be doing with respect to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and Poland is".

Following the Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014, the USA has again been increasing military activity in Europe in concert with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The eastern European nations have reached out to the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for greater protection, worrying that they might be the next target of Russia's military advance.

Senior administration officials dubbed the forthcoming agreement on United States troops in Poland as a "significant announcement", but refused to delve into details of the agreement.

Mr. Trump also told reporters Wednesday that he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit later this month.



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