The United States man Pompeo signs agreement with Poland to begin the process of transferring US troops stationed in Germany to Poland.
At the same time, Poland has become the new headquarters of the US Army’s Fifth Corps.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed an agreement with Poland to increase the number of US troops in the Eastern European country.
Under the agreement, another 1,000 US troops will be stationed in Poland. The number of US troops currently stationed in Poland is estimated at 4,500. At the same time, the agreement gives the United States access to Polish military installations to modernize them in order to increase Poland’s military capabilities.
Pompeo signs agreement, Speaking at the signing ceremony of the agreement on Saturday, August 15, Polish President Andrzej Duda said: “It will also increase the security of other countries in this part of Europe,” Doda added.
Under an agreement reached between the United States and Poland, many of the US military commanders stationed in Germany will now be stationed in Poland. At the same time, the headquarters of the US Fifth Corps will be moved to Poland next year.
In July this year, the US Department of Defense announced that it would withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany. This would reduce the number of troops currently stationed in Germany from 36,000 to 24,000. Of the 12,000 troops to be withdrawn, 5,600 will be deployed to NATO countries, while the remaining 6,400 will return to the United States.
The US decision came after President Donald Trump repeatedly complained that the Berlin government was not contributing to NATO’s defense spending.
At a special ceremony at the presidential palace in the Polish capital, Warsaw, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed the “Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement” with his Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaschak. Pompeo’s tour of Central European countries is also coming to an end. Before Poland, he also visited the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia.