Poland is counting an increase of the U.S. military presence on its territory and is awaiting a response from Washington on this issue. This statement was made by Polish President Andrzej Duda at a joint press conference with the presidents of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite in Lublin, Interfax reports.
"We expect that this presence will increase, but whether the number of military personnel will increase, or the number of their deployment places... or the number of polygons, the American side will take this decision," the Polish president said.
Duda stressed that Poland agrees on the presence of American troops on its territory: "We expect a response from America, but we cannot yet say what it will be."
He said that 4,500 U.S. military are currently deployed in Poland.
Earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed the necessity of increasing the presence of the NATO military ships in the Black Sea due to the Russian aggression. The press service of the Head of State reports this.
According to Poroshenko, the Russian Federation uses Crimea for deploying missiles there, what creates an extremely dangerous situation and destabilizes the region.
"We must increase the presence of NATO ships in the Black Sea," the President said. At the same time, he noted that "after the illegal annexation of Crimea, the balance of strength in the Black Sea was completely destroyed."
The President does not rule out the opportunity of further aggression by the Russian forces in the Black Sea.
"That is why the presence of NATO ships will be a factor of stabilization," the Head of State said.