WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday ratified a defense agreement with the United States, cementing a larger U.S. military presence in the country, and said Warsaw`s relations with Washington should not be affected by the U.S. election. – The agreement signed today by myself and Minister Pompeo is the crowning achievement of our joint efforts and the end of the main step in strengthening the presence of American forces in Poland. Not only are we implementing the measures put in place in recent years to strengthen defence cooperation between Poland and the United States, but we are also developing,” said Minister Mariusz Béaszczak after the ceremony. The agreement regulates, among other things, the extent of logistical support and the use of facilities and areas by US forces stationed in Poland. The EDCA also states that Poland will be home to the front elements of the U.S. Army`s V-Korps headquarters. – We are confident that the infrastructure will accommodate up to 20,000 U.S. troops. So, of course, if necessary. (…) The agreement guarantees Poland`s security and this is a priority advantage.
It also has the economic advantage. For our soldiers, it offers the opportunity to further improve our mutual military cooperation. We are stronger together – stressed Minister Mariusz Béaszczak. Pompeo and Morawiecki discussed a new draft bilateral cooperation agreement for the development of Poland`s civilian nuclear program, which the two countries signed this week. – We have put in place a legal framework for the permanent presence of US forces in Poland, both to the extent currently planned and in the event of further expansion; Among other topics discussed by U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. This means that the agreement signed today offers the opportunity to strengthen the presence of American troops in Poland and also to organize many more American military exercises in our country. (…) I have the feeling of a well-accomplished mission, because the permanent presence of American troops in our country, as well as the balanced and consequential technical modernization of the armed forces and the constant increase in the size of the army, create a complex system that guarantees our security – said Minister Mariusz Beaszczak.