President Trump on Wednesday said the US and Poland are discussing sending roughly 2,000 USA troops from Germany or elsewhere to Poland, and Poland is considering allowing the U.S.to have a military base in Poland.
The formal announcement is expected on Wednesday afternoon, when President Donald Trump greets Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House.
It's unclear whether Washington will defy Russian objections to establish an American base in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country.
Officials said Tuesday that the preliminary agreement avoids any permanent US base or presence in the country and sticks instead to a rotational force.
Polish Counsel General Maciej Golubiewski said told MSNBC this morning that the agreement "quantitatively and qualitatively" increases US troop presence in the country.
While US troops already deploy to Poland as part of a rotating North Atlantic Treaty Organisation presence, a permanent force would thrust American military power one step closer to Russia's borders.
Trump received a warm welcome in Poland in the summer of 2017, where he delivered a rousing nationalist speech before a friendly Polish audience that reflected both the USA and Poland's rightward turn.
Trump's warm relationship with Duda marks a stark contrast with how most European Union leaders have approached the Polish President. He said Poland is going to be spending a lot of money on a military facility for the troops.
Earlier this year Polish leaders said they ideally would like a permanent US base and said it could be called 'Fort Trump.' But beefing up the current USA military rotations was always seen as a more realistic move. Senior administration officials say the move would be in compliance with the NATO-Russia Founding Act, which guides relations between NATO and Russia.
Mr. Trump also told reporters Wednesday that he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit later this month.