Polish, US presidents concur about American troops in Poland

On Wednesday Krzysztof Szczerski, the chief of staff of the Polish President Andrzej Duda, announced that the presidents of Poland and the US accepted an agreement about the increased presence of US troops in Poland.

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Polish President Andrzej Duda said that signing the agreement will “open a new chapter in our [Polish-US] military cooperation.”

“Building a partnership with the ultimate superpower in the world is definitely beneficial for the country. Especially when there are more and more ties binding us in the field of military cooperation,” the president stressed.

“Everything that this agreement contains – this is breaking news – has finally been accepted by both presidents,” Mr Szczerski said at a briefing in Washington DC.

He added that the agreement “includes all the components necessary for changes in the quality and quantity of the US troop presence, within the framework of NATO, for the needs of the region and, first of all, for the security of our country.

Mr Szczerski also said that the signing of this agreement will be accompanied with the signing of other deals, concerning energy issues and cooperation in matters of internal affairs.

“It will be a good and fruitful day, because it will change the shape of Polish-American military and energy cooperation, but will also change the issues which lead Poland to become a country with visa-free travel to the US,” the Presidential Chief of Staff said.

At 6pm CEST, President Andrzej Duda was received by his American counterpart in the White House. According to reports from the CNN broadcaster, unofficially confirmed by Polish diplomats, the visit of President Duda to the White House will be accompanied by a flight of F-35 fighters of the US Air Force.

Mr Szczerski confirmed that the American side has prepared a surprise for the Polish president, but did not say what it will be. President Duda also said that he “heard about a welcoming surprise.”

“If it really was to be a flight of F-35s, it would be a real gesture and exception, because since the 9/11 attacks, aircraft do not fly over Washington DC as a rule,” he said.

The Polish authorities are planning to purchase F-35 fighters from the US. On Monday the Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak visited a F-35 base in Florida.