Poland says it wants US troops to be based on its territory

14:38, 24 March 2015
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The Polish government wants a permanent U.S. military presence on its territory, Polish Minister of Defense Tomasz Siemoniak said on Poland’s TVN24 channel on Tuesday.

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"We will try to achieve this, we are talking about it. The Polish government is preparing for such a presence to be possible," Siemoniak said.

According to Siemoniak, Poland is paying a great deal of attention to international military exercises on its territory.

"Today, we’re paying a great deal of attention to this rotational presence. I hope that this year about 10,000 servicemen from allied armed forces will train in Poland," he said.

"We will become accustomed to [our] U.S. allies traveling around Poland," Siemoniak said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 23 a first column of U.S. military returning from exercises in the Baltic countries to their bases in Germany moved through Poland.

The Ministry of Defense of Poland described such movements of military columns through the territory of Poland and the Czech Republic as a kind of exercise that will help to check on the allies’ ability to carry out long-range movements of 1,800 kilometers in military vehicles.

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