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Trump to send more troops to Poland

The US and Polish presidents agreed that the US would deploy 1,000 additional US troops. Military hardware and LNG sales were agreed, and Trump mooted Nord Stream 2 sanctions to protect Germany from Russia
12:53, 13 June 2019

Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump discuss military deal
dw.com

US President Donald Trump welcomed Polish President Andrzej Duda to the White House on June 12. Duda's visit was aimed to deal with two issues: Poland's desire for an expanded US military presence and the US' desire to sell natural gas to Poland. During the meeting, Trump also touched on the possibility of sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 project and warned Germany not to be dependent on Russian energy. This was reported by the DW agency.

After a day of meetings, Trump announced a memorandum of military co-operation, saying, "As the declaration makes very clear, the United States and Poland are not only bound by a strategic partnership but deep common values, shared goals and a very strong and abiding friendship."  

Trump also praised Poland's commitment to NATO, singling it out for meeting spending aims, unlike Germany, whom he also singled out

During meetings throughout the day, Trump had announced that the US would deploy 1,000 soldiers to Poland as well as a squadron of MQ-9 Reaper drones.

Related: Germany stands against sanctioning Nord Stream 2 companies

The president said he was considering sending up to 2,000 troops in total, though that higher number had not yet been agreed to. The troops would be redeployed to Poland from the 50,000-strong contingent the US has stationed in Germany.

As it was reported earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump considers the possibility of imposing sanctions due to Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction. 

Related: U.S. and UK jointly oppose Nord Stream 2

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