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MILITARY: Amerikaanse aanwezigheid in Polen infographic
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Plannen voor permanente Amerikaanse basis in Polen

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June 10, 2019 -- De Verenigde Staten zullen waarschijnlijk doorgaan met plannen voor uitbreiding van hun militaire aanwezigheid in Polen, waarbij meer dan 1.000 nieuwe troepen en de permanente stationnering van troepen in het land zijn gemoeid.

The U.S. and Poland are reportedly coming closer to agreeing a deal to boost the number of non-permanent American troops in the country by between 1,000 and 1,500. There are on average about 4,500 U.S. troops in Poland on rotation as part of NATO forces, according to Reuters.

Instead of constructing a single large military base, Washington has proposed dispersing U.S. troops across various existing bases in Poland.

Any build-up of American forces will likely trigger a response from Russia, which could boost its defence assets near Poland’s borders.

One potential site for Russia to bolster its presence would be Belarus, which is already one of Moscow's key defence partners. Other nearby areas include Kaliningrad, Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

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