Talks on boosting U.S. military presence in Poland concluded: Polish official

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-11 03:42:53|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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WARSAW, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The negotiations between Poland and the United States on the increase of American troops stationed in Poland have been completed, and the deal might be signed by the presidents of the two countries this Wednesday, Krzysztof Szczerski, chief of the Polish president's cabinet confirmed on Monday.

"I can officially confirm that indeed negotiations on a political agreement between Poland and the U.S. on increasing U.S. military presence in Poland have been concluded," Szczerski told Polish state radio, adding that the deal is not final until the two presidents sign it.

"If they do, we can anticipate the adoption of this political agreement during the visit of President Andrzej Duda to the White House on June 12," Szczerski added.

The official added that, on the basis of the Polish-American alliance, Poland would become "a center for distributing security to the entire region".

According to daily Rzeczpospolita, Poland would make a one-off contribution of 2 billion U.S. dollars for the modernisation of military infrastructure, as part of the deal.

The number of U.S. troops in Poland is expected to increase to 6,000 - compared to the current up to 4,500 soldiers.

Duda's visit to the White House this Wednesday was announced by the U.S. side in May.

During the visit, the Polish president will in person renew an invitation to U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Poland in September for the observances of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, a presidential spokesperson announced last week.