The Ministry of National Defense of Poland has said that Warsaw is ready to pay up to two billion dollars for a permanent US military base to be built in Poland.
“This proposal outlines the clear and present need for a permanent U.S. armored division deployed in Poland; Poland’s commitment to provide significant support may reach $1.5-2 billion as it will establish joint military installations and provide for more flexible movement of U.S. forces,” the defense ministry document states.
The document adds that Warsaw is committed “to share the burden of defense spending, make the decision more cost-effective for the U.S. government and allay any concerns for Congress in uncertain budgetary times.”
Possible locations for military facilities, hospitals, as well as schools for staff and family members are also discussed in the proposal, which has been sent to the White House and US Congress.
Earlier, the Polish foreign ministry stated that the presence of US troops in Europe is the foundation of Warsaw’s security policy. Moscow, however, has expressed concern over Poland’s militaristic lobbying and Russophobic policies.
In a sign of growing discord within the Polish government, the defense ministry confirmed that the proposal was sent to Washington before first consulting the foreign ministry and — more importantly — without the knowledge of the president, Andrzej Duda, who is also the country’s commander in chief.
“The document did not require detailed arrangements with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the defense ministry press office said in an email comment to the Polish news service Onet.
Duda is from the ruling pro-Washington Law and Justice party but has at times clashed with his party colleagues over domestic political issues, such as reform of the judiciary.
Some Polish politicians have criticized the disclosure of the proposal. “Of course, these issues should not be made public. In this case, one should also distinguish openness from naivete,” said Janusz Zemke, MEP from the Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament and a former Polish deputy defense minister.
The real problem with this “proposal” is that it is effectively a relinquishment of Poland’s sovereignty, and an invitation to indefinite occupation by US-NATO forces which threaten to turn Poland into a battlefield in their conflict with Russia. The most outspoken critic of Poland’s Russophobic policies and subservience to Washington’s geopolitics, Mateusz Piskorski, was imprisoned in May 2016 two days after he warned that US-NATO occupation of Poland would lead to a wave of political repression. Piskorski remains imprisoned in Warsaw despite spending nearly two years behind bars on no official charges and the UN Human Rights Council calling for his release.