Biden Sees No Need for More US Troops in Poland

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.12 - 2024 8:32 AM CET

President Joe Biden states there's no current requirement for extra US troops in Poland.

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US President Joe Biden has clarified that there is presently no need to send additional American forces to bolster Poland's defense against potential Russian aggression. This statement was made ahead of a scheduled meeting with the Polish Prime Minister.

During a press interview, Biden addressed the matter, noting, "There is no need for additional troops on the Polish border, but I am meeting with the prime minister tomorrow."

His comments were in response to Polish President Andrzej Duda's recent appeal for increased military support to mitigate concerns over Russia's activities near NATO's eastern borders.

Bloomberg reported that Duda had previously announced plans to request an augmentation of American military personnel and expedited delivery of military hardware during his US visit. He also expressed intentions to advocate for advanced weaponry sales to Poland.

In addition to military reinforcements, President Duda is expected to propose an increase in NATO defense spending thresholds—from the current 2% of GDP to 3%—aiming to strengthen the alliance's financial commitment to collective security.

The discussions between US and Polish officials come as Presidents Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Donald Tusk are slated to visit the United States on Tuesday, March 12.

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