In the context of all events presently under-way, today’s announcement from Poland’s Ministry of National Defense is troubling. Poland has officially announced that they are making tremendous efforst in building up the country’s forces on the border with Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave in the Baltic Sea, Poland’s Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Thursday.
“It is important for the Polish military to be more numerous in the eastern part of our country,” Blaszczak said in reviewing the tanker artillery regiment in the town of Suwalki, about 40 kilometers from the Kaliningrad border.
He recalled that NATO forces were deployed not far from the so-called Suwalki hiatus, which, according to the military bloc, is the most vulnerable part of the bloc’s borders and a potential target of Russia’s alleged aggression.
“It is important for our Armed Forces to be numerous, well equipped with sophisticated weapons and closely integrated into NATO structures,” Blaszczak said. “NATO forces are deployed not far from here, but we realize that we should build defensive capabilities.”
Poland has been actively intensifying its cooperation with NATO recently in order to prevent any possible aggression against the country, including the alleged threat from Russia.
Moscow has repeatedly stated that it would never attack any NATO ally. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Western military alliance is aware of this Russian position, but uses alleged aggression from Russia as a pretext to boost its military construction near Russian borders.
This also comes as Warsaw has begged US President Donald Trump to open a US base in Poland, and will call it ‘Fort Trump’.
The Polish political scientist Tomasz Jankowski explained that the permanent deployment of a US military base in Poland is but a mere provocation of the Polish leader directed to Moscow, having no relation with the plans of NATO.
In addition, the analyst says that the creation of the so-called Fort Trump (proposed designation for the future base) is seen quite differently in Warsaw and NATO.
In September, during the visit to Washington, Polish President Andrzej Duda offered the US more than $ 2 billion to create a permanent US military base in Poland. After the meeting, the US Department of Defense indicated that the proposal was being studied and that no decision had yet been taken.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said there is no need to increase the US military presence in Poland.
Currently, Poland is home to some 3,000 US troops, rotated in a rotating system, plus a tanks regiment, a US Air Force detachment consisting of five F-22 Raptor fighters and a missile defense system under construction.