By Ivan Maltsev
Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said that the U.S. military ensures the country’s security to the greatest extent.
Poland, against the background of current events, calls for a significant increase – up to 150 thousand people – of the contingent of American troops in Europe, especially on the eastern flank of NATO. This was stated by the Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the National Security and Defense Affairs Committee Jaroslaw Kaczynski in an interview published on Sunday with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
“Poland would welcome if the Americans increased their presence in Europe in the future from the current 100,000 troops to 150,000 due to the growing aggressive behavior of Russia,” the politician said. “Of these, 75 thousand soldiers should be permanently stationed on the eastern flank [of NATO], that is, on the borders with Russia, 50 thousand soldiers should be deployed only in the Baltic States and Poland,” Kaczynski believes. At the same time, he stressed that the U.S. military ensures the security of Poland to the greatest extent.
Earlier, the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General James McConville said that the United States does not intend to return to the levels of military presence in Europe that took place during the Cold War era. Before that, the Pentagon noted that currently there are about 100 thousand American troops in Europe.
According to the statement adopted following an emergency NATO summit at the end of March, it will create four additional multinational combat groups in Europe (in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia) in response to the special operation of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine. The document claimed that in response to Russia’s actions, the alliance’s defense plans were involved, elements of the NATO Response Force were deployed and 40,000 troops were deployed on its eastern flank.