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U.S. army bases in Poland highly likely, says defence minister

Staff Writer | August 17, 2018
It is "highly likely" that the U.S. will set up permanent army bases in Poland, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has said.
Mariusz Błaszczak
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IN an interview for public broadcaster TVP, the Polish defence minister said that talks were "advanced".

But Błaszczak declined to name a date by which such bases could be set up.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has been tasked with reporting on the feasibility of setting up U.S. military bases in Poland, according to reports.

Błaszczak has previously said that permanent U.S. army bases would provide a further security guarantee for Poland and that the country was ready to cover part of the costs involved.

Paweł Soloch, head of the Polish president’s National Security Bureau (BBN), said in June that Poland was eyeing becoming “a hub for the presence of American troops in Europe.”

Leaders from the Baltic states welcomed the idea of a permanent U.S. military base being established in Poland, Polish Radio reported.