No decision made on nature of enhanced US presence in Poland: US General

General Jeffrey L. Harrigian, commander of the US Air Forces in Europe and Africa said that plans on the enhanced military presence in Poland are still ongoing.

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“No decisions on what kind of forces will be deployed in Poland, and where they will be deployed, have yet been made,” General Harrigian said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

“We continue to support our partners but the Department of Defence has not yet made a decision concerning the character of the new US troops that will arrive in Poland,” he added.

General Harrigian emphasised the importance of military exercises that took place this year in Europe, such as Astral Night and Rapid Force. The latter “showed our capability to quickly deploy F-15E and F-35 aircraft from NATO Spangdahlem Air Base to advance locations in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.”

Polish and American presidents signed a declaration on the increased US military presence in Poland in June. Approximately 1,000 troops are to arrive in Poland “in the near future.”