Poland: Strong Defense Partner But Taking Undemocratic Steps

President-elect Donald Trump will inherit a close defense alliance with Poland when he enters the White House later this month. America is getting ready to deploy additional troops to Poland. An armored brigade combat team from Fort Carson, Colorado will be based in western Poland soon. By April, a U.S. battalion will be in Poland’s northeast.

This comes as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) decision at the NATO Summit in Warsaw last July to bolster defense in Poland, Estonia, Lativa, and Lithuania and to develop a tailored forward presence in Romania and Bulgaria, largely in an effort to deter Russian aggression, following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and recent military buildup in Kaliningrad (a Russian enclave sandwiched in between Poland and Lithuania) and all along its western border.

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