On agreement between Washington and Warsaw
Washington and Warsaw have signed an agreement, opening the way for the deployment of the U.S. mid-range missiles and military contingent on the Polish territory.
A whole battery of “Patriot” missiles will appear in Poland next year. Their exploitation will be supervised by the U.S. military. A relevant document was signed by the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher and Poland’s Deputy Defence Minister Stanislav Komorowski.
It is worth mentioning here that after coming to power, the new US President Barack Obama reconsidered the decision of his predecessor George W. Bush and said he was determined to develop a more effective missile defense system without a radar station in the Czech Republic and without the 10 interceptor missiles in Poland. Many people of the West characterized this step as a concession to Moscow, which was made after the reset button on the US relations with Russia was pressed. The Washington officials immediately made several statements to the effect that the decision to give up the plans of the former US administration to deploy the missile defense system elements in Eastern Europe was not caused by Russia’s stand. Simply the US intelligence service changed its assessment of the potential of Iran’s nuclear program.
And now the USA says it plans to increase its military presence in Poland. The Pentagon will deploy the command posts of the SM-3 missiles, which can intercept both short- and mid-range missiles, which, in the opinion of the US military, pose the most serious threat regarding a threat coming from Iran.
In other words, the Pentagon’s arguments have undergone insignificant changes. It says that Iran continues to represent the main threat to Eastern Europe. And Poland has a different opinion on that score. Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslav Sikorsky urges the USA to deploy its troops in the Polish territory to protect it against the possible military aggression on Russia’s part. Saying this, Mr. Sikorsky referred to the Russian-Byelorussian military exercises, which took place this autumn and during which Moscow practiced an operation, simulating an attack on Poland.
Of course, Moscow paid attention to his statement. Sikorsky, actually, urges the USA to reconsider NATO-Russia agreements which say that “considerable armed forces will not be deployed on the territories of the new NATO member-states”, as the head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said, stressing that Sikorsky’s fears over the joint Russian-Byelorussian exercises on the border with Poland are groundless. Such exercises are the norm in inter-state relations. The deputy also voiced an opinion that Poland is visibly trying to resolve its domestic problems by “demonizing” Russia.