June 30, 2022
Poland’s foreign minister on Thursday said that decisions made by NATO leaders at their Madrid summit signalled that a number of permanent US military bases would be established in Central and Eastern Europe.
Zbigniew Rau made the remark to reporters during the three-day NATO meeting in the Spanish capital….
Permanent US presence in Poland
On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden announced that Washington would create a permanent headquarters for its Army V Corps in Poland in response to threats coming from Moscow after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Referring to the decision, Poland’s top diplomat said: “It’s the beginning of the creation of permanent bases in our part of Europe.”
Rau stated that the setting up of permanent US bases would be “a process,” but added that the decision to station the headquarters of US Army V Corps in Poland marked “a turning point.”
June 29, 2022
A Polish deputy prime minister said on Wednesday that Washington’s decision to create a permanent headquarters for US Army V Corps in Poland represented “a boost in a dangerous situation.”
Polands Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak talks to reporters at the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
Permanent US military presence in Poland
Earlier in the day, US President Joe Biden announced the decision to station the headquarters of US Army V Corps in Poland in response to threats coming from Moscow after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Błaszczak, who is also defence minister, added that Poland “had lobbied for this decision for years.”
He told reporters that NATO’s rotational presence in Poland would now become “a permanent presence.”
“This is what we have advocated,” he said.
Błaszczak added that the US Army V Corps HQ command post, based in Poland, would oversee US land forces stationed throughout NATO’s eastern flank.