Defense Minister wants more US troops on Polish soil

“Our intentions are clear. We are prepared to increase the number of US troops serving in Poland,” said Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak ahead of a two-day visit to the US.

The Defense Minister will meet with the US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Defense Secretary James Mattis to discuss the increased presence of the US military in Poland. He will also meet with the leaders of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

The meeting follows the purchase of a state-of-the-art Patriot missile defense system for USD 4.75 billion in March of this year.

Poland’s defense budget was increased to two percent of its GDP this year, with plans to further increase this to 2.2 percent by 2020.

Last year, 3,500 US troops arrived in Poland as part of a NATO drive to reinforce Europe’s eastern border. The previous Defense Minister announced that this number would be increased to 6,000 in order to strengthen the vulnerable border with Russia.