Expanding the West’s military presence in Poland will bolster neither Warsaw's security nor that of Europe as a whole, Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev said in an interview with TASS.
"Increasing foreign military presence in Poland - particularly that of the US and NATO - will not enhance the security of either Europe or Poland itself. Even more so that NATO countries far exceed Russia in both military spending and accumulated military potential, including that of Europe," the ambassador said, commenting on the anti-Russia fearmongering actively being fomented by Warsaw.
"NATO members stage military drills on our western borders and the borders of Belarus, our ally, far more often than we hold exercises in the west of our country. It’s not Russia, but NATO that refuses to hold talks involving military specialists on measures to prevent potentially dangerous incidents," he added.
The expansion of America's military presence in Poland has been much talked about since last autumn during a visit to Washington by Polish President Andrzej Duda, who voiced the initiative to build "Fort Trump" in the East European country for the first time. Warsaw was even willing to shell out $1.5-2 billion to lay down the necessary infrastructure for the US military base.
Currently, a US tank brigade of approximately 3,500 servicemen is stationed in Poland on a rotational basis, as well as a NATO multinational division of around 1,000 soldiers.