04:58 GMT15 June 2021
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    WARSAW (Sputnik) - Once the US military base is established in Poland, the country would no longer be considered a buffer state, and would not promote "the sense of security," Polish Deputy Defense Minister Tomasz Szatkowski said on Wednesday.

    The establishment of a permanent US military base in Poland will change the geopolitical landscape of Europe, Polish Deputy Defense Minister Tomasz Szatkowski said on Wednesday.

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    "A new US base, including at least [some] elements of classic permanent [military] presence, could change the geopolitical landscape of Europe," Szatkowski said, as quoted by the Polish Press Agency.

    The official added that a permanent US military base would have a strategic political influence that will continue to long-term containment, and also a "purely" military influence, since it would enhance existing troops and also open doors for receiving new personnel.

    The deputy minister went on to say that after the establishment of the US military base, Poland would no longer be considered a "buffer state," something which would promote "the sense of security."

    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 presidents have also signed an agreement to strengthen defense, military and energy security cooperation between the United States and Poland.


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