to deploy missile defenses and Air Force units in Poland.
“As was announced by our two presidents in December, we plan to
establish a new permanent U.S. air detachment in Poland, build missile
defenses in Poland, and as agreed at the NATO summit, develop a
contingency plan in the region,” Clinton told journalists ahead of talks
with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in Washington.
Wikileaks published U.S. cables in late 2010 showing that NATO was
drawing up a plan on the protection of Estonia, Lithuania and Poland
from external threats on a request from the United States and Germany.
Clinton, the United States, Britain, Germany and Poland would deploy
troops in the region in case of a military aggression against the Baltic
States or Poland itself.
According to the British newspaper, NATO members approved the draft plan
during the alliance’s summit in Lisbon in November 2010.
In 2009, the United States decided to deploy several F-16 fighter jets
and Hercules transport aircraft in Poland. Polish Defense Minister
Bogdan Klich has said the United States was also planning to deploy
Patriot missile defense systems in Poland at a base just 100 kilometers
from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.
“We have a full agenda that will concentrate on three essential areas:
building our mutual security, expanding prosperity and promoting
democracy,” Clinton said on Thursday, adding “as we grow our military
partnership, we continue to expand economic ties between the Polish and
Moscow has long opposed the deployment of U.S. missile defenses near its
borders, arguing they would be a security threat and could destroy the
strategic balance of forces in Europe.
The United States scrapped earlier plans in September last year for an
anti-ballistic-missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland.
Moscow welcomed the move, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said
later that Russia would drop plans to deploy Iskander-M tactical
missiles in its Kaliningrad Region, which borders NATO members Poland
Russia and NATO agreed to cooperate on the so called Euro missile
defense system at the Lisbon summit. NATO insists there should be two
independent systems that exchange information, while Russia favors a