Source: International Business Times
The United States is considering the deployment of a military base near Kaliningrad, a Russian province sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic Coast. The base would come up in Poland.
The news was first reported by Russian newspaper Izvestia, which cited a source in Polish diplomatic circles, as Poland would be collaborating with the U.S. to set up the base. The plan to deploy a military base was due to the diminishing security and stability in the area due to Russian aggression and military expansion. No tentative date was mentioned as to when construction of the base will start.
While the exact location for the base was still being decided, one of the top contenders was the Polish city of Orzysz, located 170 kilometers (about 105 miles) from Kaliningrad, which already has the necessary infrastructure, including landfill, and geographically holds a strategically important position. In case of a military threat from Russia, U.S. troops will be in the position to defend not only Poland, but also Baltic countries, Lenta.ru reported.
“Poland is willing to make a very major contribution for the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland,” Trump said, Politico reported. “Poland would be paying billions of dollars for a base.”
He added: “The [Polish] president offered us much more than $2 billion to do this, and so we’re looking at it. We’re looking at it from the standpoint of, number one, military protection for both countries, and also cost, a term you don’t hear too often and you haven’t heard too often over the last 25 years.”