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There is no need for this.  All Trump has to do is ring up his buddy Vlad to put and end to these tensions. 

 

The U.S. is expected to announce Wednesday that it will send about 1,000 additional troops and a squadron of Reaper drones to Poland to beef up the nation’s ability to defend itself amid worries about Russian military activity,  U.S. officials said.

 

The final details were still under discussion Tuesday, but the decision to expand America’s military presence in Poland comes after months of lobbying by Polish leaders who had hoped for a U.S. base in their country.

 

Officials said Tuesday that the preliminary agreement avoids any permanent U.S. base or presence in the country and sticks instead to a rotational force. There are currently about 4,500 U.S. troops that routinely rotate in and out of Poland.

 

The new plans call for the construction of a new combat training center in Drawsko Pomorskie and additional facilities in the future. U.S. officials said the Reaper drones will be used to provide greater intelligence to Poland. The U.S. also expects to set up a military headquarters there.

 

An announcement is expected Wednesday when President Donald Trump meets with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House. An aide to Duda has said that negotiations to increase American troops in Poland were successful.

 

Earlier this year Polish leaders said they ideally would like a permanent U.S. base and said it could be called "Fort Trump." But beefing up the current U.S. military rotations was always seen as a more realistic move.

 

Following the Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014, the U.S. has again been increasing military activity in Europe in concert with NATO allies. That includes stationing four multinational battalion-size battlegroups in four eastern nations of the alliance, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, led respectively by the U.S., Britain, Canada and Germany.

 

The eastern European nations have reached out to the U.S. and NATO for greater protection, worrying that they might be the next target of Russia's military advance.

 

The increase in U.S. forces in that region also reflects America's new national defense strategy that declares great-power competition with China and Russia as a top priority.

 

A senior administration official on Tuesday said the U.S. wants to underscore its commitment to the defense of the region, and said Poland is a key partner. A second official declined to discuss details of the announcement but called it a new facet of the two nations' military-to-military relationship that will enhance deterrence in Europe.

 

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter ahead of the president’s meeting Wednesday.

 

 

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1 hour ago, DennisTheMenace said:

Putin-and-Trump-Pinterest.jpg

 

There is no need for this.  All Trump has to do is ring up his buddy Vlad to put and end to these tensions. 

 

The U.S. is expected to announce Wednesday that it will send about 1,000 additional troops and a squadron of Reaper drones to Poland to beef up the nation’s ability to defend itself amid worries about Russian military activity,  U.S. officials said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-signs-holocaust-property-law-that-has-angered-poland/4387824.html

 

 

 

 

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz says he believes the U.S. pressure through the JUST Act unfairly sets Jewish claimants above non-Jewish ones, creating tensions in Poland. He argued that Polish law treats all Polish citizens equally.
 
"This position of the [U.S.] Congress is not good because it wants some privileges for the Jews, for the Jewish community, but not for the Poles. I think that the Poles who live in the U.S. may feel hurt by that,'' Czaputowicz told The Associated Press.
 
He said some non-Jewish Poles fought against Nazi Germany and then settled in the United States, leaving behind property that was seized by the Communist regime.
 
"Their property here remains without any settlement and nobody speaks on their behalf, only on the behalf of the Jews. That is not good because that divides our society," Czaputowicz added.
 
The World Jewish Restitution Organization said Thursday that Czaputowicz was wrong in describing the JUST Act as discriminatory, saying that it covers "both Holocaust victims and other victims of Nazi persecution."
 
Gideon Taylor, WJRO Chair of Operations, also argued that legislation Poland's ruling party presented last year promising some compensation to some victims would have "excluded the vast majority of Holocaust survivors and their families."
 
The legislation is being re-written.
 
"[We] have long advocated for the passage of legislation that would provide restitution to all property owners whose property was wrongfully taken — both Jewish and non-Jewish owners," Taylor said.  

 

 

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May 10, 2018 08:17 AM
 

 

 

President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremonial swearing in for new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, May 2, 2018, in Washington.

WARSAW - U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an act that Jewish groups praise as helpful in their efforts to reclaim lost property in Poland but which the Polish government says is discriminatory.

 

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I don't think the relationship between the US and poland is really that great right now.

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