Thousands of American troops could be permanently stationed in Poland as a deterrent to Russia, the country’s defense minister said Monday, adding that he’s has held talks with U.S. officials.
Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told state Radio 1 he’s recently held talks in Washington about having a permanent presence of U.S. troops in Poland, where they are currently on a rotational, temporary, though open-ended mission.
Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine has caused anxiety in the region, as Moscow has continued to support separatists in eastern Ukraine.
“The result of our efforts is that the U.S. Senate has contacted the Pentagon about an assessment of … (the) permanent presence of U.S. troops in Poland,” he said. “Such presence is of great importance because it deters the adversary.”
U.S. and NATO troops were deployed to Poland and the region last year as a security assurance.
Russia has taken other steps seen as hostile in the region in recent years, and a Dutch-led investigation revealed Thursday that a Buk missile from a Russian military unit brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014. The passenger jet was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it was blown out of the sky over Ukraine on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers and crew were killed.
Cisco’s Talos cyberintelligence unit also warned last week that it has a high level of confidence the Russian government has hacked at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in an attempt to cause another enormous cyberattack on Ukraine.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Travis Fedschun