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Poland calls for larger US military presence in eastern Europe

Published on Mar 22, 2014 8:35 PM
 
Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski (centre) and Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak (left) talk as they visit the Lask airbase in central Poland on March 11, 2014. The US should increase its military presence in Poland and in other Nato members in central and eastern Europe in light of the Ukraine crisis, Siemoniak said on Saturday, March 22, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WARSAW (REUTERS) - The US should increase its military presence in Poland and in other Nato members in central and eastern Europe in light of the Ukraine crisis, Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said on Saturday.

Siemoniak said Washington was open towards the idea but detailed talks were yet to begin.

US Vice President Joe Biden visited Poland last Tuesday and confirmed plans to deploy elements of a US missile shield in Poland by 2018 and met with the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and President Bronislaw Komorowski.

"The US must increase its presence in (central and eastern) Europe, also in Poland," he said on RMF FM radio.

 
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