Trump to sign defense cooperation agreement with Poland

U.S. President Donald Trump stated last Wednesday he looked forward to signing a defense cooperation agreement with Polish President Andrzej Duda, also first foreign leader to be received in the White House since the coronavirus pandemic emergency started.

06/07/2017 Presidents Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump at the Royal Castle in Warsaw (by Krzysztof Sitkowski, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license)

Trump in the joint news conference underlined: “last year we signed two joint declarations to increase our security collaboration, and we look forward to signing a defense cooperation agreement”.

Duda replied that the new agreement was welcomed as very important to ensure European security and as Poland’s one as well. He also mentioned the possibility for an increase of U.S. troops to be sent to Poland of what has been agreed before.

Duda said: “today we are entering another stage, namely there is a possibility of further increase in American troops in our country”.

Trump for his part confirmed that Poland asked for additional troops, saying that: “they’re going to pay for that … for the sending of additional troops and we’ll probably be moving them from Germany to Poland”.

After Trump was asked if the move is a tentative to send a message to Russia, the POTUS said: “I think it sends a very strong signal to Russia.”

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