US offers Poland MORE troops to weaken growing ties with China and Russia

US offers Poland MORE troops to weaken growing ties with China and Russia

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Budapest, in Hungary, on Monday, as part of his multi-leg tour around Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. He is

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Budapest, in Hungary, on Monday, as part of his multi-leg tour around Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. He is reportedly hoping to strengthen relationships with these countries by increasing US military presence, to ensure growing Chinese, Iranian and Russian influence is “resisted”. Mr Pompeo warned previous “disengagement” from the US had contributed to China becoming Warsaw’s biggest Asian trade partner.

A source said to Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita: “The situation is very dynamic. At the moment, Americans are improving their offer qualitatively. 

“Its essence is that no one in the world should have any doubts about America’s unconditional involvement in the defence of Poland.

“Its not only about abandoning contracts on the construction of a 5G internet network by Huawei, but also the cooperation in the 16+1 format, through which Beijing is trying to strengthen its position in the region.”

Poland approved the purchase of US rocket artillery systems on Sunday, after authorities announced last year they were lobbying for a new US military base called Fort Trump to be built on Polish territory.

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The deal was agreed upon despite Russian President Vladimir Putin previously warning US missile bases being created in Eastern Europe would result in Russia’s relationship with the countries becoming strained. 

The source added to Rzeczpospolita that a bigger US presence in Poland would also have an impact on the country’s partnership with Iran – particularly as the US withdrew from its nuclear deal with Iran last May. 

The source said: “US pressure is also expected to be brought to bear on Warsaw’s relations with Tehran.

“Poland has done its best to preserve relations with Iran following the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal last May, with the deputy chief of Poland’s foreign ministry flying to Tehran last month to prevent an open conflict. 

“However, Poland’s decision to host a US-led anti-Iran conference in Warsaw later this week will be seen as unfriendly move by Tehran.”

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