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US Troops in Poland: Polish Defense Minister Hopes Stationing Will Happen Soon

© REUTERS / Kacper PempelA convoy of US troops, a part of NATO's reinforcement of its eastern flank, who are on their way from Germany to Orzysz in northeast Poland, drive through Sulejowek towards a military base in Wesola, near Warsaw, Poland, March 28, 2017
A convoy of US troops, a part of NATO's reinforcement of its eastern flank, who are on their way from Germany to Orzysz in northeast Poland, drive through Sulejowek towards a military base in Wesola, near Warsaw, Poland, March 28, 2017 - Sputnik International
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WARSAW (Sputnik) - Polish Defense Minister's statement comes following the news earlier this week that the United States was considering the idea of setting up a permanent military presence in Poland at Polish President Andrzej Duda's request.

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak expressed hope on Thursday that the establishment of the US base in the country would not take much time.

"I hope that in a relatively short period of time we will be able to say that the US troops stationed in Poland will remain in Poland permanently," Blaszczak said.

READ MORE: US Base in Poland to Change Geopolitics of Europe — Polish Defense Ministry

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda held a meeting in Washington, during which it was announced that the United States was considering the idea of setting up a permanent military presence in Poland at Duda's request.

The welcoming ceremony for NATO's multinational battalion headed by the USA in Orzysz, Poland. - Sputnik International
US to Consider Establishing Permanent Military Base in Poland - Trump
In May, the Polish Defense Ministry published a document stating that Poland was ready to pay $1.5-$2 billion for the establishment of a US military base that would host a permanent armored division in the country.

In mid-June, Russia's Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said that the possible deployment of a US armored division to Poland would violate the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act.

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