Poland Attacks NATO-Russia Founding Act

Poland Attacks NATO-Russia Founding Act

As relations between Washington and Berlin deteriorate, it is not surprising to see Warsaw sweeten its invitation for American forces to eventually leave Germany — where they’ve been stationed since World War II — for Poland. The Poles, who are one of the few NATO member states to meet the Alliance’s nominal target of 2% of GDP spent on defense, have historically clashed with and feared their powerful neighbor to the east in Russia. Poland already hosts elements of a U.S. brigade and other NATO forces, together with their northern neighbors in the Baltic States. But the latest Polish Defense Ministry document is calling for the permanent stationing of a full U.S. armored division, likely at Bydgoszcz or Toruń, two cities along the Vistula River in northern Poland — approximately a three hour drive at highway speed from Russia’s increasingly fortified exclave at Kaliningrad, and six hours from the so-called ‘Suwalki gap’ along the Belorussian border that NATO strategists have turned into the new Fulda Gap.

Photo courtesy of: US Army Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Tarr February 13, 2017

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