Poland is preparing six sites across the country to accommodate additional US troops relocating from Germany. By doing this, Washington has tried to exert pressure on both Moscow and Berlin, analysts told RT.
Polish National Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told reporters that an additional 1,000 US soldiers will be stationed at six sites across the country, with the exact locations yet to be finalized. His statement came after Donald Trump hosted Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House last week. Warsaw had placed an order to buy 32 brand new F-35 fighter jets, and promised to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Washington, dubbed ‘Freedom Gas’ by US officials.
Trump is “putting pressure on Germany” by announcing his intention to relocate a portion of the US soldiers stationed there to Poland, former US diplomat Jim Jatras told RT. “The Poles have agreed to buy the expensive US natural gas.”
Trump is pressing the Germans to do the same, and threatens sanctions against [the Russian gas pipeline] Nord Stream 2. He wants to play the Polish card against the Germans.
“Moscow must be increasingly alarmed by this steady escalation of permanent US military capability nears its borders,”said Bruce Gagnon, coordinator with the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.
There can be no question that the US controls the ‘tip of the spear’ and that Poland is being used as a sacrificial lamb as Washington pursues domination of the Baltics and ultimately Russia as well.
The extra troops from Washington will “strengthen NATO’s eastern flank, as well as Poland’s, by deterring a possible aggressor,” the country’s defense chief stated. Jim Jatras, however, argues that boosting the US Army’s presence in Poland amounts to “yet more building-up” of its military might “around Russia’s perimeter.”
Moscow, meanwhile, blasted Washington for aiming to send even more troops eastward. Such plans are “a push for more military tensions in Europe… carried out under contrived pretexts,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said, adding that the move will add to the risks of destabilization on the continent.