U.S. President Donald Trump has withdrawn approximately 9,500 American military troops from Germany and may reassign them to the Central European nation of Poland, a NATO ally. The Polish government has been lobbying for this for some time, even going to the extreme of offering to name any future U.S. base in Poland — Fort Trump.
Nations that have been invaded in the near past have long memories. Poland was conquered by Nazi Germany, and then suffered under the Warsaw Pact for decades behind the Iron Curtain.
The former Soviet republics of the Baltics also have long memories under the Soviet boot, and are considered vulnerable to any Russia aggression in the region, with the likelihood that American forces would not arrive soon enough to ensure their safety.
For this reason, the Baltic governments have been vocal about their pleasure at the thought of Trump sending permanent forces to Poland.
The possible deployment of more US troops to Poland will serve the security interests of the entire region, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Wednesday, reported The Baltic Times.
“That possible reassignment of troops will have to do not only with Poland’s specific security interests, but also with the security interests of the region as a whole,” Nauseda told reporters in Grunwald after meeting with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda.
According to Nauseda, Lithuania actively cooperates with Poland on security matters, especially to ensure the security of the so-called Suwalki gap, is a land strip of around 100 kilometers on the Lithuanian-Polish border that is wedged between the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on the west and Belarus on the east.
“We have been working closely with the Polish side to ensure that regional security aspects and aspects of the Suwalki corridor are included in this discussion and that they are taken into account,” he told reporters.
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