03:49 GMT28 September 2020
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    Last month, the Polish Defence Ministry said that the US and Poland agreed on a military cooperation deal that would pave the way for the deployment of 1,000 US troops to the eastern European country.

    The US and Poland have signed a military cooperation deal which would strengthen the US army presence in the country.

    The document was signed between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Polish counterpart Mariusz Błaszczak in Warsaw on Saturday.

    The agreement is a continuation of the declaration by the Polish and US leaders, Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump, on strengthening the presence of the US military in Poland, signed last year in Washington.

    On 31 July, the Polish Defence Ministry announced that Washington and Warsaw had "politically agreed" on a military cooperation deal that paves the way for the deployment of 1,000 US troops to the eastern European country. Currently, there are some 5,000 US troops stationed in Poland. 

    A convoy of U.S. 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
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    A convoy of U.S. 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

    The announcement was made soon after the Pentagon said that some of the 11,900 US troops leaving Germany were going to Italy, Poland and the Baltic nations. The Polish defence minister did not specify if any of the additional US troops would be redeployed from Germany. However, he said that these troops would not be rotated. 

    US President Donald Trump ordered the number of US forces in Germany to be reduced after repeatedly complaining about Berlin failing to meet its NATO spending obligations.

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    Germany, NATO, Mike Pompeo, US Army, Poland, United States
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