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U.S. will deploy 1,000 troops to Poland; Warsaw may call them 'Fort Trump'

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U.S. will deploy 1,000 troops to Poland; Warsaw may call them 'Fort Trump'

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump greets Poland's President Andrzej Duda in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday that he will deploy 1,000 U.S. troops to Poland, a step sought by Warsaw to deter potential aggression from Russia.

 

Despite their strong show of unity, Trump disagreed with Duda's attempt to force the retirement of some Polish Supreme Court judges, a decision last year that prompted protests. "No," Trump said when asked if he supported the move.

 

Trump announced the troop deployment at a joint news conference with Duda in the White House Rose Garden shortly after the two leaders signed a joint declaration affirming defence cooperation and watched a U.S.-made F-35 fighter jet fly overhead.

 

Duda, who is considering naming the U.S. installation "Fort Trump," said the new influx of troops was needed because of Moscow's past aggression against Poland and to help solidify his country's ties to the West.

 

"Russia again is showing its unkind, unfriendly imperial face," he said. "Russia is always looking out to take our territory."

 

Trump said earlier the troop contingent could come from the U.S. force in Germany, which he has accused of paying too little for NATO's common defence.

 

The decision by Trump represents an effort to cater to the interests of Poland, a key NATO ally, while not overly antagonizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Trump would like to have friendly relations. He and Putin are to meet in Japan in two weeks.

 

"I hope that Poland is going to have a great relationship with Russia. I hope that we're going to have a great relationship with Russia," said Trump.

 

The United States already has troops in Poland as part of a 2016 agreement with the NATO military alliance in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Poland's eastern neighbour Ukraine in 2014.

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement welcoming the deployment.

 

"Today’s announcement is part of NATO’s measured, defensive and proportionate efforts to strengthen our deterrence and defence," he said.

 

Duda denied backsliding on democracy when asked about his attempt to remove the judges. He said some of them dated back to Poland's communist past and that he wanted to remove them as part of judicial reforms.

 

"This is a very complex issue," he said. "Everything that we were doing was aimed at retiring those people ... Let me assure you, freedom of speech is absolutely respected in Poland. Poland absolutely respects all constitutional standards."

 

With Trump to turn 73 on Friday, Duda wished Trump a happy birthday at an evening White House reception whose audience included Polish-Americans. Some in the crowd launched into a happy birthday song in Polish.

 

"This first term of your presidency will be the introduction to your second term," Duda told Trump.

 

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland in Washington; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Matthew Lewis)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-06-13

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1,000 American troops are going to be no deterrent 

to Russia,

regards worgeordie

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3 hours ago, TopDeadSenter said:

Sadly since Trump's incredible election victory Russophobia has been rampant and remains un-tackled. Russia is the perpetual scapegoat and excuse for team Dem having run a lacking campaign. If the large US news networks air in Poland it is no surprise that Mr.Duda has been sucked into the web of lies and deceit and constant hating on all things Russia that they run with pretty much 24-7. Not to worry, logic is never far away when Trump is present.

 

 

 

Soviet invasion of Poland

The Soviet invasion of Poland was a military operation by the Soviet Union without a formal declaration of war. On 17 September 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east, sixteen days after Germany invaded Poland from the west. Subsequent military operations lasted for the following 20 days and ended on 6 October 1939 with the two-way division and annexation of the entire territory of the Second Polish Republic by Germany and the Soviet Union.[7]The Soviet invasion of Poland was secretly approved by Germany following the signing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact on 23 August 1939.[8]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_invasion_of_Poland

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8 minutes ago, bristolboy said:

Soviet invasion of Poland

The Soviet invasion of Poland was a military operation by the Soviet Union without a formal declaration of war. On 17 September 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east, sixteen days after Germany invaded Poland from the west. Subsequent military operations lasted for the following 20 days and ended on 6 October 1939 with the two-way division and annexation of the entire territory of the Second Polish Republic by Germany and the Soviet Union.[7]The Soviet invasion of Poland was secretly approved by Germany following the signing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact on 23 August 1939.[8]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_invasion_of_Poland

The Russians were cunning, they didn't invade until the Polish government had de-camped to England, thereby not breaching the Russia - Poland anti aggression treaty!

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Duda denied backsliding on democracy when asked about his attempt to remove the judges. He said some of them dated back to Poland's communist past and that he wanted to remove them as part of judicial reforms.

Liar.

 

You want to remove them because they do not bend to your will.

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2 hours ago, rabas said:

 

Soviet troops (the Northern Group of Forces) were stationed in Poland from 1945 until 1993. A large force, occupied.

 

 

Indeed. And Poland was moved Westwards by Stalin with large swathes of what was Poland suddenly not anymore!

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58 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

Liar.

 

You want to remove them because they do not bend to your will.

 

Maybe. Or maybe they refuse to no longer politicize the law as they did in their communist days; or are well past the normal retiring age. 

 

Politicians, Judges and all public servants aren't special cases.

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